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JoWooD Entertainment AG (formerly JoWooD Productions Software AG, commonly referred to as JoWooD) was an Austrian video game publisher that was founded in 1995. JoWooD went into administration and all assets were purchased by Nordic Games.

Their games include the futuristic racing car game Beam Breakers which was released in 2002, action role-playing games in the Gothic series, the Spellforce series, and the Industry Giant series of games. Other titles include Transport Giant, World War III: Black Gold, The Sting!, Hotel Giant, and other games of the Giants series.

HistoryEdit

JoWooD Productions Software AG was founded in 1995 in Ebensee by Dieter Bernauer, Johann Reitinger, Johann Schilcher, and Andreas Tobler with its headquarters later moved to Liezen, Austria. It owned five subsidiaries in the last years: DreamCatcher Interactive, JoWooD Distribution Services, JoWooD Deutschland, JoWooD Iberica and Quantic Lab. In May 2002, JoWooD acquired Ravensburger Interactive and its sister company Fishtank Interactive.

In August 2005, JoWooD attempted to end their development agreement with developer Perception Pty because of a lack of quality on their "Stargate SG-1" product.[1] JoWooD carried out this action believing they owned the licence for the game Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, which was disputed by Perception.[2] On 4 November 2006, JoWooD announced the acquisition of DreamCatcher Games, in efforts to move to the North American gaming markets.[3] In October 2009, JoWooD changed its name from JoWooD Productions Software AG to JoWooD Entertainment AG.[4] At the same time, JoWood also announced an agreement with Valve Corporation to make available future JoWooD titles on Steam.[4]

On 7 January 2011, JoWooD officially filed for bankruptcy and announced that the company would prepare for "a procedure of capital reorganization".[5] However, on 21 April 2011, JoWooD announced that, unable to negotiate with potential investors, they were officially facing bankruptcy proceedings and had withdrawn their application for a recapitalization plan.[6] In June 2011, JoWooD Entertainment all their assets and its subsidiary, Quantic Lab, was acquired by Nordic Games. From this point on, JoWooD was no longer operating. All activities of the two companies were taken over by Nordic Games.[7] On 16 August 2011, Nordic Games announced that it had acquired JoWooD's products and brands and some of the companies labels, including The Adventure Company.[8] Following the acquisition it was announced that JoWood and the Adventure Company would become publishing labels for Nordic Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games.[9]

Games publishedEdit

Release date Title Platform(s) Developer(s)
Template:Dts Industry Giant Microsoft Windows JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts Alien Nations

[10]

Neo Software
Template:Dts[11] Panzer Elite Wings Simulations
Template:Dts Thandor: The Invasion Innonics
Template:Dts Traffic Giant JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts The Nations JoWooD Vienna
Template:Dts The Sting! Neo Software
Template:Dts Zax: The Alien Hunter Reflexive Entertainment
Template:Dts S.W.I.N.E.

[12]

StormRegion
Template:Dts Rally Trophy Bugbear Entertainment
Template:Dts AquaNox Massive Development
Template:Dts[13] Hard Truck 2: King of the Road SoftLab-NSK
Template:Dts Arx Fatalis Arkane Studios
Template:Dts Xbox Wizarbox
Template:Dts Cultures 2: The Gates of Asgard

[14]

Microsoft Windows Funatics Development GmbH
Template:Dts Michael Schumacher Racing World Kart 2002 Microsoft Windows Radon Labs
PlayStation
Template:Dts Industry Giant II Microsoft Windows JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts Beam Breakers Similis Software GmbH
Template:Dts Archangel Metropolis Software
Template:Dts Europa 1400: The Guild 4HEAD Studios
Template:Dts The Nations Nations Gold Edition / The Nations 2 JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts Gothic II Piranha Bytes
Template:Dts K-Hawk: Survival Instinct

[15]

Similis Software GmbH
Template:Dts Cold Zero: The Last Stand JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts[16] Neighbours from Hell JoWooD Vienna
Relativity Play
Template:Dts GameCube
Xbox
Template:Dts Gothic II: Night of the Raven - Expansion Pack Microsoft Windows Piranha Bytes
Template:Dts AquaNox 2: Revelation Massive Development
Template:Dts Chaser Cauldron
Template:Dts Cold Zero: No Mercy

[17]

JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts[18] Railroad Pioneer

[19]

Kritzelkratz 3000
Template:Dts[20] Silent Storm Nival Interactive
Template:Dts[21] SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts Söldner: Secret Wars Wings Simulations
Template:Dts[22] Transport Giant JoWooD Productions
Template:Dts[23] SpellForce: Breath of Winter - Expansion Pack Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts[24] SpellForce: The Shadow of the Phoenix - Expansion Pack Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts Söldner: Secret Wars Reloaded Wings Simulations
Template:Dts[25] Söldner: Marine Corps - Expansion Pack Wings Simulations
Template:Dts[26] Neighbours from Hell 2: On Vacation JoWooD Vienna
Template:Dts Legend of Kay

[27]

PlayStation 2 Neon Studios
Kaiko
Template:Dts SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Microsoft Windows Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts The Guild 2

[28]

4HEAD Studios
Template:Dts Gothic 3

[29]

Piranha Bytes
Template:Dts[30] Freak Out: Extreme Freeride PlayStation 2 ColdWood Interactive
Template:Dts Microsoft Windows
Template:Dts[31] SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts[32] The Guild 2 - Pirates of The European Sea - Stand-alone expansion pack[33][34] 4HEAD Studios
Template:Dts[35] Space Force: Rogue Universe Provox Games
Template:Dts SpellForce Universe Edition - Collection pack[36] Phenomic Game Development
Template:Dts Gothic Universe Edition - Collection pack[37] DreamCatcher Interactive
Template:Dts Painkiller: Overdose Mindware Studios
Template:Dts Gothic 3: The Beginning Handy-Games GmbH
Template:Dts The Golden Horde

[38]

World Forge
Template:Dts Painkiller Universe - Collection Pack[39] DreamCatcher Interactive
Template:Dts The Guild 2 - Venice - Stand-alone Expansion Pack Trine Games

[40]

Template:Dts Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods - Expansion Pack Trine Games
Mad Vulture Games
Template:Dts Painkiller: Resurrection HomeGrown Games
Template:Dts Yoga Wii Wii Trine Games
Template:Dts Torchlight

[41]

Microsoft Windows Runic Games
Template:Dts Arcania: Gothic 4 Spellbound Entertainment
Xbox 360 Black Forest Games
Template:Dts PlayStation 3
Template:Dts[42] The Guild 2 - Renaissance - Stand-alone expanded edition Microsoft Windows 4HEAD Studios
Template:Dts Painkiller: Redemption DreamCatcher Interactive
Template:Dts SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny Trine Games[40]
Mind Over Matter[43]

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