Annapurna Games, LLC (trade name: Annapurna Interactive)[1] is an American video game publisher and developer. The company is a division of Annapurna Pictures, and was founded in 2016. Notable games published by the company include Donut County, Kentucky Route Zero, Outer Wilds, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Wattam, What Remains of Edith Finch, Telling Lies, Neon White and Stray.

Annapurna Games, LLC
Annapurna Interactive
Company typeDivision
IndustryVideo games
FoundedDecember 1, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-12-01)
FounderMegan Ellison
Nathan Gary
James Masi
Headquarters,
ParentAnnapurna Pictures
Subsidiaries24 Bit Games
Websiteannapurnainteractive.com

History edit

The company was founded as a division of Annapurna Pictures on December 1, 2016, as Annapurna's attempt to expand into the video game industry. The company's early staff was composed of existing Annapurna executives, producer Neale Hemrajani and Technology Head James Masi along with several video game veterans, including Nathan Gary, Deborah Mars, Hector Sanchez, and Jeff Legaspi, who had worked in Sony Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.[2] Jenova Chen also served as the company's advisor. The company aimed to publish games that are "personal, emotional, and original".[3]

On the day of establishment, the company announced several publishing deals it had signed with several independent developers. Some of the first games published by the company included Gorogoa, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wattam, and Florence.[4] In 2017, Annapurna announced that it would begin publishing more games, which included The Artful Escape, Ashen, and Telling Lies.[5][6][7]

In May 2020, it was announced that Nathan Vella, former president of Capybara Games, had joined the company as an executive.[8] In October 2020, Annapurna established an internal development studio in Los Angeles.[9]

In March 2022, video game journalism YouTube channel People Make Games reported on three video game studios publishing under Annapurna Interactive — Mountains, Fullbright, and Funomena. In all three cases, employees reportedly reached out to Annapurna Interactive, addressing concerns regarding abuse and a toxic work environment being created by the studio founders. In hopes of getting Annapurna Interactive to mediate, employees stated that the publisher was siding mostly with the founders in question. According to one former studio employee, representatives of Annapurna Interactive had been quoted responding that "without strong personalities, games don't get made." Chris Bratt of People Make Games saw these incidents as part of a greater pattern of auteur culture that can be found across the independent film and video game industry.[10][11]

Two limited edition box sets containing the games Donut County, Kentucky Route Zero, Outer Wilds, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Wattam, What Remains of Edith Finch, Telling Lies, and Gorogoa, celebrating the first five years of the publisher, were released in collaboration with iam8bit for the PlayStation 4 in late 2020.[12]

In June 2022, Annapurna announced the formation of an internal game development studio headed by Chelsea Hash.[13] Its first game, Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth, was announced in 2023.[14]

A limited edition box set containing the games Donut County, Gorogoa, Hindsight, I Am Dead, If Found..., Kentucky Route Zero, Neon White, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Solar Ash, The Artful Escape, The Pathless, What Remains of Edith Finch, was released in collaboration with iam8bit for the Nintendo Switch in late 2023.[15]

In November 2023, Annapurna Interactive made its first acquisition in South African studio 24 Bit Games, a studio which had provided support for other indie games such as Gone Home, Neon White, and Cocoon.[16][17]

Games edit

Games published edit

Year Title Developer(s) Platform(s) Ref.
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch Giant Sparrow Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S [18]
Flower Thatgamecompany Windows, iOS [19]
Gorogoa Buried Signal Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [20]
2018 Florence Mountains iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS, Nintendo Switch [21]
Donut County Ben Esposito Windows, PlayStation 4, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch [22]
Gone Home Fullbright Nintendo Switch , iOS [23]
Ashen A44 Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [24]
2019 Outer Wilds Mobius Digital Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 [25]
Journey Thatgamecompany Windows, iOS [26]
Telling Lies Sam Barlow, Furious Bee Windows, macOS, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch [27]
Sayonara Wild Hearts Simogo Windows, Nintendo Switch, macOS, iOS, tvOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [28]
Wattam Funomena Windows, PlayStation 4 [29]
2020 Kentucky Route Zero Cardboard Computer Linux, Windows, OS X, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S [30]
If Found... Dreamfeel Windows, macOS, iOS, Nintendo Switch [31]
The Unfinished Swan Giant Sparrow Windows, iOS [32]
I Am Dead Hollow Ponds, Richard Hogg Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [33]
The Pathless Giant Squid Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, macOS, iOS, tvOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [34]
2021 Maquette Graceful Decay Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [35]
Last Stop Variable State Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 [36]
Twelve Minutes Luis Antonio Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch [37]
The Artful Escape Beethoven & Dinosaur Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch [36]
Solar Ash Heart Machine Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch [38]
2022 A Memoir Blue Cloisters Interactive Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, iOS [39]
Neon White Angel Matrix Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [40]
Stray BlueTwelve Studio Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, macOS [41]
Hohokum Honeyslug, Richard Hogg Windows [42]
Hindsight Team Hindsight Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [43]
2023 Storyteller Daniel Benmergui Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android [44]
Mundaun Hidden Fields Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [45]
Cocoon Geometric Interactive Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 [46]
Thirsty Suitors Outerloop Games Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [47]
2024 Open Roads Open Roads Team Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch [48]
Bounty Star Dinogod Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 [49]
Ghost Bike Messhof Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 [50]
Flock Hollow Ponds, Richard Hogg Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 [51][52]
TBA Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth Annapurna Games
Alcon Interactive Group
Windows [53]
Forever Ago Third Shift Windows [54]
Lorelei and the Laser Eyes Simogo Windows, Nintendo Switch [55]
The Lost Wild Great Ape Games Windows [56]
Lushfoil Photography Sim Matt Newell Windows [57]
Skin Deep Blendo Games Windows [58]
Silent Hill: Townfall No Code Windows [59]
to a T Uvula Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [60]
We Kill Monsters Glass Revolver Windows [61]

Games developed edit

Year Tile Platform Ref
TBA Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth Windows [53]

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