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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aussie veteran studio, Tantalus, turns 20

News by Matt S.

One of Australia's veteran development studios has turned 20. Tantalus, based in Melbourne, has been in operation since the Super Nintendo, and continues to pump out the hits today.

The company's first game was Stargate on the Super Nintendo. From these humble beginnings the studio has produced games on every platform of note (including platforms such as the N-Gage!), and has been responsible for employing some 200 people within the local industry through its history.

It has developed games from a port of Unreal II on the Xbox through to Funky Barn. Through its sister label, Straight Right, it produced the excellent Mass Effect 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U ports.

All in all the company has released 43 titles within its history, and is going strong still, with games in the works for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, iOS and Android.

Surviving 20 years, let alone in a country hostile to game developers like Australia, is impressive stuff. I think Tantalus and its CEO, Tom Crago, deserve an awesome birthday cake:

Seriously, though, well done guys, and here's to another 20 years.

- Matt S.
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Aussie veteran studio, Tantalus, turns 20
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