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Overview

Treyarch is an Activision-owned game development studio jointly responsible for the primary direction of the Call of Duty (initially started by Infinity Ward) and Spiderman (initially developed by Neversoft in its current form) video game franchises.

History

Treyarch was founded as an independent game development studio in 1996 by Peter Akemann and Don Likeness in Santa Monica, California. The company's original name was Treyarch Invention, LLC and initially found critical success with their original title, " Die By the Sword" and its expansion pack, " Limb From Limb", both published by Interplay. Rapidly growing in size, Treyarch immedietly branched out and released their first sports title, Triple Play 2000, for Electronic Arts in 1999 and its followup the following year.

In 2000, Treyarch released their first Dreamcast games: the Mattel-licensed Max Steel: Covert Operations and their original title, Draconus: Cult of the Wurm. While neither would be critial or commercial hits, they provided the company with their first experience with the hardware that would ultimately bring them under Activision's umbrella. They were contracted to port the game Spider-Man (a major hit from the previous year) from the Playstation to the Dreamcast, winning them praise for developing inarguably the best version of the title yet, though the lack of any new content on a game that was over six months old tended to impact the final review scores. While Neversoft's original version received a Metacritic average of 87, Treyarch's port received a composite score of 80.

The sports division at Treyarch remained busy churning out favorably received updates to the NHL 2K series (NHL 2K2 and NHL 2K3) for 2K Sports, Triple Play Baseball series for Electronic Arts, and developing the extreme sports / surfing title, "Kelly Slater Pro Surfer" for Activision. Their next non-sports title would be Minority Report in 2002, very loosely based on the film of the same title. Critics were strongly negative towards the title (X-Play named it one of the worst PS2 titles of all time in June of 2006), but it has retained a cult following on the internet for its indepth three dimensional beat 'em up combat engine.

Activision purchased Treyarch outright in October of 2001 and it was in 2002 that Treyarch was able to finally catapault into the public spotlight with the high sales of their original Spider-Man title (based on the 2002 film of the same name). Despite criticism regarding the quality of the voice acting, game length and indoor camera behavior, reviewers rated the title positively and it went on to sell over three million copies across the console platforms. This success resulted in Treyarch being assigned work on the similarly well received sequel (Spider-Man 2)

Games

TitlePublisherRelease Year
Olympic Hockey 98Midway1998
Die By the SwordInterplay1998
Die By the Sword: Limb from LimbInterplay1998
Triple Play 2000EA Sports1999
Draconus: Cult of the WyrmCrave2000
Triple Play 2001EA Sports2000
Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterActivision2000
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2Activision2000
Triple Play BaseballEA Sports2001
Spider-ManActivision2001
Max Steel: Covert MissionsMattel Interactive2001
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2xActivision2001
NHL 2K2Sega2002
Spider-Man: The MovieActivision2002
Kelly Slater's Pro SurferActivision2002
Minority Report: Everybody RunsActivision2002
NHL 2K3Sega2002
Spider-Man 2Activision2004
Ultimate Spider-ManActivision2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivision2005
Call of Duty 3Activision2006
Spider-Man 3Activision2007
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (co-developed with Shaba Games)Activision2008
007: Quantum of SolaceActivision2008
Call of Duty: World at WarActivision2008
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex EditionActivision2009
Call of Duty: Black OpsActivision2010
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Activision2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIActivision2012

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