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DreamCatcher Interactive Inc. (also known as DreamCatcher Games) was a Canadian video game publisher founded in 1996 by Richard Wah Kan. In 2006, the company became a subsidiary of JoWooD Entertainment. In 2011, the company went into administration along with its parent JoWooD and all assets were purchased by Nordic Games Holding. The DreamCatcher Interactive brand is currently being used as a publishing label for Nordic Games.

DreamCatcher Interactive Inc.
Industry Computer and video game industry
Fate Bankruptcy
Successor THQ Nordic
Founded 1996
Founder Richard Wah Kan
Defunct 2011
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Products Painkiller, Dungeon Lords, First Battalion, Cold War, Dunes of War
Owner Independent
JoWooD Entertainment



DreamCatcher Interactive was founded in 1996 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company’s first title was the adventure game Soldier Boyz, closely followed by Jewels of the Oracle, which achieved enough success to grow the retail business.[1] Dreamcatcher would later release The Crystal Key which sold over a half million units in North America.[2] Continuing the company's growth, in November 2000, DreamCatcher signed with Her Interactive to publish the Nancy Drew franchise.[3]

In late 2002, most of the assets and development teams of French-based publisher, Cryo Interactive were absorbed by DreamCatcher Interactive, forming the base for DreamCatcher Europe including key offices and a large internal studio.[4] After the acquisition of Cryo Interactive, Dreamcatcher created a publishing division called The Adventure Company in early 2003. The company also partnered with both Wanadoo Edition and Microïds, as well as other studios in the development and distribution of games including Syberia, Still Life and ObsCure.[5] In 2005, the main Microïds studio was acquired by Ubisoft with Dreamcatcher retaining publishing rights to the games being created.[6]

The Adventure Company brand label under DreamCatcher has released many adventure game series' including series' based on Agatha Christie novels. They also recently signed to release a series of titles based on The Hardy Boys.[7] Outside of adventure gaming, DreamCatcher is best known for publishing the first-person shooter Painkiller developed with People Can Fly. Painkiller became a commercial success and was signed with the CPL World Tour 2005.[8] Dreamcatcher would also create another label, Silverline Software, around 2004 for the distribution of some non-core games and the publishing of utility software. Silverline Software would release the "Time to Ride" series of girl’s horse games starting in 2004, which would later be acquired by Ubisoft.[citation needed]

In 2006, JoWooD Entertainment announced the purchase of DreamCatcher Games as a way of increasing their presence into the North American gaming market in addition to acquiring the company's key titles and licenses.[9] Since the acquisition, DreamCatcher Games has continued to launch titles both under The Adventure Company and DreamCatcher labels including new games created by JoWooD like the SpellForce series. In 2011, JoWooD went into administration causing DreamCatcher to file for bankruptcy. In November 2011, Nordic Games Holding announced that they had acquired all DreamCatcher assets and would be turning it into a publishing label of their subsidiary Nordic Games.[10] Nordic Games Holding had previously acquired JoWooD and The Adventure Company in August also turning both brands into publishing labels of Nordic Games.[11] All business operations of acquired assets are conducted out of Nordic Games in Vienna, Austria.[10]


Games developed or published by DreamCatcher Interactive
Title Release
Platform Notes
Agassi Tennis Generation 2003 Windows, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2
Stealth Combat 2002 Windows
Animates 2007 Nintendo DS
Arcania: Gothic 4 2010 Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Arx Fatalis 2002 Windows, Xbox
Atlantis: The Lost Tales 1997 Windows Publisher
Besieger 2004 Windows
Beyond Time 1997 Windows Publisher
Cold War 2005 Windows, Xbox, Linux
Curse: The Eye of Isis 2003 Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Domination 2005 Windows
Dracula: Resurrection 2000 Windows, Mac
Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary 2000 Windows, Mac
Dunes of War 2007 Windows
Dungeon Lords 2005 Windows
Emergency Fire Response 2003 Windows
Enigma: Rising Tide 2003 Windows
Enigma: Rising Tide Gold Edition 2005 Windows
First Battalion 2006 Windows, Xbox
Frank Herbert's Dune 2001 Windows, PlayStation 2
Genesis Rising 2006 Windows
Gore: Ultimate Soldier 2002 Windows
Haegemonia: Legions of Iron 2003 Windows
Harbinger 2003 Windows
Hellboy: Asylum Seeker 2003 PlayStation Publisher
Inkheart 2008 Nintendo DS based on Inkheart
Jewels of the Oracle 1995 Windows, Mac Publisher
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit 2007 Nintendo DS
ObsCure 2004 Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Painkiller 2004 Windows
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell 2004 Windows
Painkiller: Black 2005 Windows
Painkiller: Hell Wars 2006 Xbox
Painkiller: Overdose 2007 Windows
Painkiller: Resurrection 2009 Windows
Pax Romana 2003 Windows Publisher
Playmobil Circus 2009 Wii
Playmobil Knights 2009 Nintendo DS
Playmobil Pirates 2009 Nintendo DS
Project Earth: Starmageddon 2002 Windows
Riddle of the Sphinx 2000 Windows
Rock Manager 2001 Windows
Seven Kingdoms - Conquest 2008 Windows
Safecracker 1997 Windows, Macintosh
Spellforce Universe 2007 Windows
Spirits & Spells 2003 PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube
SuperPower 2 2004 Windows Publisher
The Crystal Key 2000 Windows, Macintosh
The Forgotten: It Begins 1999 Windows Publisher
The Guild 2 2006 Windows
The Guild 2: Pirates of the High Seas 2007 Windows
Traitors Gate 1999 Macintosh, Windows Publisher
War Leaders: Clash of Nations 2008 Windows
Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park 2001 Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color Publisher
World Party Games 2009 Wii
Yager (aka Aerial Strike) 2003 Windows, Xbox
Yoga Wii 2009 Wii


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