Bullfrog Productions (Company)

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Bullfrog Productions was a British developer. It was founded in 1987 by Les Edgar and Peter Molyneux. They were best known for their strategy god games such as Populous.

In January 1995, to strengthen its global positioning, Bullfrog Productions merged with long time publishing partner Electronic Arts. In August 1997, Bullfrog co-founder, Peter Molyneux, left to establish a new development team, Lionhead Productions (who, incidentally, has also signed a distribution deal with Electronic Arts). In September 1999, Les Edgar changed his role to consultant for Bullfrog Productions Limited, enabling him to pay more equitable attention to his other business interests. Edgar handed the reins to Bruce McMillan from Electronic Arts' Canadian studio.

Following its purchase by EA, Bullfrog continued to work in its original offices in Guildford as an EA studio, and continued to display its own Bullfrog logo on the boxes of its games. In 2000, Electronic Arts merged its EA-UK offices, which had been in Langley near Slough, with the Bullfrog offices, into a new facility in Chertsey. Around August of that year the company decided to drop all further production of Bullfrog-branded products, and the former Bullfrog employees were put onto new projects such as the Harry Potter series. The last Bullfrog-branded game was Sim Theme Park (also known as Theme Park World and Theme Park 2), released in 1999.

A few compilations of older games that Bullfrog worked on have been published since, but to all intents and purposes the brand has been dead since the move to Chertsey in 2000.

Many Bullfrog developers left to found their own studios and these became Intrepid Computer Entertainment Ltd., Big Blue Box Studios Ltd. and Lionhead Studios. The latter eventually absorbed the first two and became the only studio to carry on the Bullfrog legacy.

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Dungeon Keeper
June 26th, 1997 (21 years ago)
Mac / Android / PC DOS / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Syndicate: American Revolt
January 1st, 1993 (25 years ago)
Amiga / PC DOS
Dungeon Keeper 2
June 30th, 1999 (19 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows)
Theme Hospital
February 4th, 1997 (21 years ago)
PlayStation / PC DOS / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Quake III Arena
December 2nd, 1999 (18 years ago)
Dreamcast / Xbox 360 / Linux / PC (Microsoft Windows)
June 6th, 1993 (25 years ago)
Mac / Amiga / 3DO Interactive Multiplayer / Atari Jaguar / PlayStation Portable / PC DOS / Sega CD / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / FM Towns / Sega Mega Drive/Genesis / Amiga CD32
Magic Carpet
May 6th, 1994 (24 years ago)
Sega Saturn / Mac / PlayStation / PC DOS / PlayStation Network / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Populous: The Beginning
November 30th, 1998 (19 years ago)
PlayStation / PlayStation Network / PC (Microsoft Windows)
June 5th, 1989 (29 years ago)
Mac / Amiga / PC DOS / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Atari ST/STE / Sega Master System / Sega Mega Drive/Genesis / TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine / Acorn Archimedes / Sharp X68000 / PC-98
Theme Park
December 31st, 1994 (23 years ago)
Sega Saturn / Mac / Super Famicom / Amiga / PlayStation / 3DO Interactive Multiplayer / Atari Jaguar / PC DOS / Sega CD / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Sega Mega Drive/Genesis / Amiga CD32 / Nintendo DS
Release Date
December 31st, 1995 (22 years ago)

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