|Subsidiary of Ubisoft|
Shadow of the Beast
|Computer and video game industry|
Ubisoft Reflections Ltd., formerly known as Reflections Interactive, is a video game developer based in Newcastle, United Kingdom. The studio focuses on racing games and it is best known for creating the award winning Driver series.
History[edit | edit source]
The company was formed by Martin Edmondson in 1984, developing games for the BBC Micro. Later, they had become well known for their 1989 hit Amiga game, Shadow of the Beast, published by Psygnosis which spanned two sequels.
In 1995, they became known for Destruction Derby, which was critically acclaimed for its realistic physics and destruction, which later become Reflections' specialty. Due to the success, the game had four more sequels over the years. In 1999, Reflections became well known for the game Driver, which was inspired by '70s cop shows like Starsky & Hutch and movies like Bullit and The Driver. The series got three sequels (and one in development) and three spin-offs. The series sold more than 14 million copies worldwide according to Ubisoft.
In 2004, the studio founder Martin Edmondson left Reflections and sued Atari due to the poor reception of Driv3r and "constructive unfair dismissal as a result of Reflections alleged repudiatory breach of a contract of employment that necessitated Mr. Edmondson's resignation." Martin's brother, Gareth Edmondson, took his place as the Studio Manager. In August 2006, Atari announced that it had transferred all of the staff and most of the assets of Reflections Interactive Limited, including the intellectual property and technology rights to the Driver series, to Ubisoft for $24 million.
Reflections Interactive Limited was subsequently renamed Ubisoft Reflections Limited. The first Reflections' game after becoming a Ubisoft studio, was Driver 76, released in 2007.
Martin Edmondson returned to Reflections for the development of Driver: San Francisco, due for release in 2011.
Game releases[edit | edit source]
|Ravenskull||1986||BBC Micro, Acorn Electron||Superior Software|
|Codename: Droid||1987||BBC Micro, Acorn Electron||Superior Software|
|Stryker's Run||1987||Acorn Electron (conversion of BBC Micro game)||Superior Software|
|Shadow of the Beast||1989||Commodore Amiga||Psygnosis|
|Ballistix||1989||Commodore Amiga, Atari ST||Psygnosis|
|Shadow of the Beast II||1990||Commodore Amiga, Atari ST||Psygnosis|
|Awesome||1990||Commodore Amiga, Atari ST||Psygnosis|
|Shadow of the Beast III||1992||Commodore Amiga||Psygnosis|
|Brian the Lion||1994||Commodore Amiga||Psygnosis|
|Destruction Derby||1995||PlayStation, MS-DOS, Sega Saturn||Psygnosis|
|Destruction Derby 2||1996||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows||Psygnosis|
|Thunder Truck Rally (US) aka Monster Trucks (Eu)||1998||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows||Psygnosis|
|Driver||1999||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Game Boy Color||GT Interactive|
|Driver 2||2000||PlayStation, Game Boy Advance||Infogrames|
|Driv3r||2004||PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox||Atari|
|Driver: Parallel Lines||2006||PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Wii||Atari|
|Driver 76||2007||PlayStation Portable||Ubisoft|
|Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer||2009||Wii||Ubisoft|
|Driver: San Francisco||2011||Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X||Ubisoft|
References[edit | edit source]
- Ubisoft Driver 76. Ubisoft. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Reflections Interactive. IGN. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Ubisoft Reflections Ltd.. MobyGames. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Driver (Ubisoft). Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Gibson, Ellie (February 27, 2006). Atari reaches settlement with ex-Reflections boss. GamesIndustry. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- James, Clement (August 7, 2006). Atari sells off Reflections Interactive to Ubisoft. VNunet. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Profile, A&B Computing, October 1988