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Pluto 13 GmbH, doing business as Piranha Bytes, is a German video game developer based in Essen. Founded in 1997, they are best known for their Gothic and Risen series of role-playing video games. As of May 2019, the studio has 31 employees and is a subsidiary of THQ Nordic GmbH.

Pluto 13 GmbH
Piranha Bytes
Formerly
Piranha Bytes Software GmbH (1997–2002)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1997; 22 years ago (1997) in Bochum, Germany
Founders
  • Michael Hoge
  • Tom Putzki
  • Stefan Nyul
  • Alex Brüggemann
Headquarters,
Germany
Key people
Michael Rüve (managing director)
Products
Number of employees
31 (2019)
Parent
Websitepiranha-bytes.com

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HistoryEdit

Prianha Bytes was incorporated as Piranha Bytes Software GmbH in 1997 by Michael "Mike" Hoge, Tom Putzki, Stefan Nyul and Alex Brüggemann, then based in Bochum.[1] In 1999, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of German publisher Phenomedia.[1] Following a financial scandal, Phenomedia filed for insolvency in May 2002.[1] By September 2002, Pirnaha Bytes' management had performed a management buyout and transferred Piranha Bytes' trademarks and intellectual property, including the rights to their Gothic series, from Phenomedia into a new entity, Pluto 13 GmbH.[1] Pluto 13 has since used "Piranha Bytes" as its trading name.[1] In March 2004, Piranha Bytes was among the founders of GAME Bundesverband.[2] On 22 May 2019, THQ Nordic announced to have acquired the studio to undisclosed terms.[3] At the time, the studio had 31 employees in its Essen-based offices.[3]

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 PS4 Win X360 XONE
2001 Gothic No No Yes No No
2002 Gothic II No No Yes No No
2003 Gothic II: Night of the Raven No No Yes No No
2006 Gothic 3 No No Yes No No
2009 Risen No No Yes Yes No
2012 Risen 2: Dark Waters Yes No Yes Yes No
2014 Risen 3: Titan Lords Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2017 ELEX No Yes Yes No Yes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Lück, Patrick (29 April 2012). "Piranha Bytes – Die Fantasten aus dem Pott" [Piranha Bytes – The Fantasts from the Pott]. GameStar (in German). Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  2. ^ Klinge, Heiko (8 March 2004). "G.A.M.E. – Bundesverband der Spiele-Entwickler gegründet" [G.A.M.E. – Federal Union of Game Developers Founded]. GameStar (in German). Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b Handrahan, Matthew (22 May 2019). "THQ Nordic acquires Gothic developer Piranha Bytes". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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