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Firaxis Games, Inc. is an American video game developer founded in 1996 by Sid Meier, Jeff Briggs, and Brian Reynolds upon leaving MicroProse. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive, the company is best known for its Civilization series of games, though it has had notable success with other titles as well. Firaxis is based in Sparks, Maryland; Sid Meier continues to lead creative efforts there. The focus of the company has been on strategy and simulation games.
|Firaxis Software, Inc. (1996–97)|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||January 5, 1996Hunt Valley, Maryland, U.S.in|
|Headquarters||Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, U.S.|
|Products||Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Civilization series (2001-present)
Sid Meier's Pirates!
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
(See complete products listing)
Number of employees
Since 1997, Firaxis has released several PC games, including Sid Meier's Gettysburg! and Sid Meier's Antietam!, based on their namesake famous American Civil War battles, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, a space colonization game taking place in the Alpha Centauri star system. In early 2000, co-founder Brian Reynolds parted with Firaxis to form his new studio, Big Huge Games. Firaxis Games then went on to release Sid Meier's SimGolf, a golf course building/management game. Perhaps their most popular releases have been Civilization III, and later Civilization IV, sequels to Meier's original Civilization game. In November 2004, Firaxis released Sid Meier's Pirates!, a remake of Meier's classic 1987 game of the same name. An Xbox version of the game was released in 2005 and a PSP version (developed by Full Fat) was released in 2007. Civilization IV started production in late 2003 and was released in 2005. Civilization Revolution, a console-only version of their popular Civilization series, was released in 2008.
On November 7, 2005, Take-Two Interactive announced that it was acquiring Firaxis. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but according to the SEC filing it amounted for US$26.7 million in cash, stock, and development advances, with almost US$11.3 million of that figure coming in the form of possible considerations based on future product sales. The company was consolidated with PopTop Software in March 2006, the resultant combined studio to be headed up by Sid Meier.
Jeff Briggs assumed the role of Chairman in April 2006 and left the company completely in November. In April 2007, Soren Johnson left the company and joined Electronic Arts to work on Spore with Lead Designer Will Wright. Johnson was formerly a key person for Firaxis, acting as co-designer for Civilization III and later Lead Designer on Civilization IV.
Firaxis' titles are frequently prefixed with Sid Meier's name, a practice continued from Meier's earlier games at Microprose.
|1997||Sid Meier's Gettysburg!||Electronic Arts||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|1999||Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri||Electronic Arts||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[b]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|1999||Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire||Electronic Arts||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[b]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|1999||Sid Meier's Antietam!||Electronic Arts||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2001||Sid Meier's Civilization III||Infogrames||Yes||Yes[c]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2002||Sid Meier's SimGolf||Electronic Arts||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2002||Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World||Infogrames||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2003||Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests||Atari Inc.||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2004||Sid Meier's Pirates!||Atari Inc.||Yes[d]||Yes[e]||No||Yes[f]||No||Yes[g]||No||Yes[h]||No||No||Yes||No||Yes[i]||Yes[j]||No|
|2005||Sid Meier's Civilization IV||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2006||Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2006||Sid Meier's Railroads!||2K Games||Yes||Yes[e]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2007||Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2008||Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution||2K Games||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2008||Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2010||Sid Meier's Civilization V||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[k]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2012||Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[k]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2012||XCOM: Enemy Unknown||2K Games||Yes||Yes[e]||Yes[l]||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2013||Haunted Hollow||2K Games||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2013||Sid Meier's Ace Patrol||2K Games||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2013||Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[k]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2013||Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies||2K Games||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2013||XCOM: Enemy Within||2K Games||Yes||Yes[e]||Yes[l]||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|2014||Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2||2K Games||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2014||Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[k]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2015||Sid Meier's Starships||2K Games||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2015||Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide||2K Games||Yes||Yes[a]||Yes[k]||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2016||XCOM 2||2K Games||Yes||Yes[e]||Yes[l]||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|2016||Sid Meier's Civilization VI||2K Games||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2017||XCOM 2: War of the Chosen||2K Games||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
- The Mac version was published by Aspyr Media.
- The Linux version was published by Loki Software.
- The Mac version was published by MacSoft.
- Since 2006, the Windows version is published by 2K Games.
- The Mac version was published by Feral Interactive.
- The Xbox version was published by 2K Games.
- The Xbox 360 version was published by 2K Games.
- The Wii version was published by 2K Games.
- The iOS version was published by 2K Games.
- The Windows Phone version was published by 2K Games.
- The Linux version was published by Aspyr Media.
- The Linux version was published by Feral Interactive.
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