Raven Software is an American video game developer based in Wisconsin and founded in 1988. In 1997, Raven made an exclusive publishing deal with Activision and was subsequently acquired by them. After the acquisition, many of the studio's original developers, largely responsible for creating the Heretic and Hexen: Beyond Heretic games, left to form Human Head Studios.
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Raven has a history of working with id Software, who were briefly located on the same street. They used id's engines for many of their games, such as Heretic in 1994. They took over development of id's Quake franchise for Quake 4 and the 2009 iteration of id's Wolfenstein series.
The company started[when?] with three development teams. In August 2009 following poor performance and possible over-budget of Wolfenstein, the company made a major layoff of 30-35 staff, leaving two development teams. This was reduced to one after more layoffs in October 2010, after delays with Singularity; as many as 40 staff were released. Following the layoffs, Raven has been focused on assisting with the Call of Duty series ever since.
As of April 2014, the company is the lead developer of the free-to-play Chinese Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Online. The company also remastered Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
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