- Firaxis Games
company_name = Firaxis Games
company_type = Private (subsidiary of Take2)
company_slogan = "Games that stand the Test of Time"
Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States(1996)
Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States
Sid Meier, Co-founder, Director of Creative Development Jeff Briggs, Co-founder and former CEO
num_employees = Around 85
industry = Video games
products = "Sid Meier's Civilization IV"
Sid Meier's Gettysburg!"
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri"
Sid Meier's SimGolf"
Sid Meier's Pirates!"
(See complete products listing.)
homepage = [http://www.firaxis.com/ Firaxis.com]
Firaxis Games is a
computer gamedeveloper. It was founded in 1996 by Sid Meier, Jeff Briggs, and Brian Reynoldsupon leaving Microprose. The company focuses on strategy games and is based in Hunt Valley, Marylandin the United States.
Firaxis has produced several games, including "Gettysburg" and "Antietam", based on their namesake famous
American Civil War battles, and " Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri", a space colonizationgame taking place in the Alpha Centauristar 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!", an update of Meier's classic 1987 computer game of the same name. An
Xboxversion of the game was released in July, 2005, and a PSP version (developed by Full Fat) was released in January 2007.
Civilization IV" started production in late 2003 and was released on October 24 2005in the United States, and was released on November 4 2005in Europe.
Civilization Revolution", a console-only version of their popular Civilization series, was released in Julyof 2008.
November 7 2005, Take-Two Interactiveannounced that it was acquiring Firaxis. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but according to the SEC filing it amounted for USD$26.7 million in cash, stock, and development advances, with almost $11.3 million of that figure coming in the form of possible considerations based on future product sales. [http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=14422] The company was consolidated with PopTop Softwarein 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 it was announced that
Soren Johnsonleft the company and joined Electronic Artsto 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". [cite news |first=iTZKooPA |url=http://tgnforums.stardock.com/?AID=150498 |title='Civilization IV' Lead Designer Leaves Firaxis Games |publisher=Totalgaming.net |date=2007-04-18 |accessdate=2007-04-18]
Firaxis' titles are prefixed with Sid Meier's name, due to his design and programming contributions and original game ideas. His name also contributes to their game's marketability due to his high industry profile and track record.
Sid Meier's Gettysburg!" (1997)
Sid Meier's Antietam!" (1998)
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri" (1999)
Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire" (1999)
*"Sid Meier's Civilization III" (2001)
Sid Meier's SimGolf" (2002)
*"Sid Meier's Pirates!" (2004)
*"Sid Meier's Civilization IV" (2005)
Sid Meier's Railroads!" (2006)
*"Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution" (2008)
* [http://www.firaxis.com/ Official Firaxis site]
* [http://www.mobygames.com/company/firaxis-games "Firaxis Games"] profile on
* [http://www.gameproducer.net/2006/08/23/interview-with-jesse-smith-firaxis-games/ 'Interview with Jesse Smith, Firaxis Games'] regarding
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