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Beenox is a video game developer established in 2000 in Quebec City, Canada. The studio became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision on May 25, 2005.[2]

Beenox
Subsidiary
IndustryComputer and video games
FoundedMay 2000; 19 years ago (2000-05)
FounderDominique Brown
HeadquartersQuebec City, Quebec, Canada
Key people
Sylvain Morel (Co-Studio Head/CEO)
Thomas Wilson (Co-Studio Head/Creative Director)
ProductsVideo games
Number of employees
~150[1]
ParentActivision
WebsiteOfficial website

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HistoryEdit

Between 2002 and 2006, the developer was essentially a porting house. They completed approximately 30 projects for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems, based on popular franchises such as X-Men, Spider-Man and Shrek.

In 2006, they returned to original game development with the console versions of Bee Movie Game,[3] inspired by the feature film from DreamWorks Animation. As part of Activision's E3 2007 media blitz, it was announced that Beenox was the developer behind the Windows version of Activision's Spider-Man game Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, which was released in October 2007.[4] They released the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Windows versions of Monsters vs. Aliens and the console versions of Guitar Hero Smash Hits. Beenox later developed the Spider-Man games Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

After founder Dominique Brown's departure in December 2012,[5] the studio's focus shifted from leading original game development to doing a number of support tasks on Activision's superbrands Skylanders and Call of Duty. In 2015, Blizzard worked in conjunction with Mercenary Technology on bringing Call of Duty: Black Ops III to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[6] They also worked on bringing Skylanders: SuperChargers to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS. In 2018, Beenox worked Treyarch to develop Call of Duty: Black Ops IV for Microsoft Windows on the Battle.net platform.[7]

In 2019, Activision announced that Beenox will be working with Blizzard and Activision to develop Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for the Microsoft Windows on the Battle.net platform.

Original developmentEdit

Year Game Platform(s)
2001 Pillars of Garendall Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
2007 Bee Movie Game Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Guitar Hero Smash Hits PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2010 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Skylanders: Trap Team Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS
Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing Wii, Nintendo 3DS
2016 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2019 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Layoffs hit Activision-owned Infinity Ward, Beenox, and others". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Activision Establishes Development Foothold in Quebec With Acquisition of Beenox". Activision Blizzard. Archived from the original on October 7, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Hayward, Andrew (November 6, 2007). "Bee Movie Game review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "'Spider-Man: Friend or Foe' Coming To PCs". TotalGaming.net. July 12, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved July 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Tach, Dave (December 14, 2012). "Beenox founder leaves studio, two employees rise in the ranks". Polygon. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ Sarkar, Samit (September 25, 2015). "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 won't have a campaign on PS3 and Xbox 360". Polygon. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Chalk, Andy (May 17, 2018). "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be on Battle.net, not Steam". PCGamer. Retrieved July 30, 2019.

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