Frog City Software, Inc. was an American video game developer based in San Francisco, California. The company was founded in 1994 by Rachel Bernstein, Bill Spieth and Ted Spieth, acquired by Take-Two Interactive in 2003, became part of the 2K label in 2005, and was closed down in 2006.

Frog City Software, Inc.
IndustryVideo games
Founded1994; 29 years ago (1994)
Defunct2006 (2006)
SuccessorSidecar Studios
Key people
Rachel Bernstein (president)

History Edit

Frog City Software was founded by Rachel Bernstein, Bill Spieth and Ted Spieth in 1994.[1] In 2003, following the release of Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, Frog City Software was acquired by Take-Two Interactive.[1] On January 25, 2005, Take-Two Interactive announced the opening of publishing label 2K, which would henceforth manage their development studios, including Frog City Software.[2]

On June 6, 2006, Snow, a game about drug trafficking in development at Frog City Software at the time, was canceled.[3] It was presumed that the move occurred as an immediate consequence of the 2005 Hot Coffee controversy.[4] Frog City Software shut down later that year.[1] Veterans of the studio established Sidecar Studios as a successor but disbanded a year later to pursue other interests.[1]

Games developed Edit

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
1997 Imperialism Microsoft Windows Strategic Simulations
1999 Imperialism II: The Age of Exploration macOS The Learning Company
Microsoft Windows Strategic Simulations
2001 Trade Empires Eidos Interactive
2003 Tropico 2: Pirate Cove Gathering of Developers

Cancelled Edit

  • Pantheon[5]
  • Snow

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d Bernstein, Rachel (2007). "History". Sidecar Studios.
  2. ^ Jenkins, David (January 25, 2005). "Take-Two Acquires Visual Concepts, Announces 2K Games Brand". Gamasutra.
  3. ^ Surette, Tim (June 6, 2006). "Snow falls off release list". GameSpot.
  4. ^ Orry, James (June 7, 2006). "Take-Two's Snow has been cancelled".
  5. ^ Adams, David (April 16, 2004). "Missing in Action: The Lost Games of the PC, Part 3". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018.