Treyarch

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Treyarch
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Industry Video games
Founded1996;23 years ago (1996)
FoundersPeter Akemann
Doğan Köslü
Headquarters,
Key people
  • Mark Lamia (Chairman)
  • Dan Bunting (Studio co-head) [1]
Products Call of Duty series (2005–present)
Parent Activision
Website www.treyarch.com

Treyarch is an American video game developer, founded in 1996 by Peter Akemann and Doğan Köslü, and acquired by Activision in 2001. Located in Santa Monica, California, it is known for its work for the Call of Duty series, with some other games in the series developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games.

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Activision American video game publisher

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Santa Monica, California City in California

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History

Treyarch was founded in 1996, the company was acquired by Activision in 2001.

In 2005, Gray Matter Interactive was merged into Treyarch. [2]

Gray Matter Interactive

Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Inc. was an American video game developer based in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Xatrix Entertainment on March 25, 1993, by Drew Markham and Barry Dempsey, the company was renamed Gray Matter Interactive on June 17, 1999, and acquired by Activision on January 14, 2002. In 2005, the studio was merged into Treyarch, another California-based Activision studio.

As part of the 2007 Leipzig Games Convention, Activision announced that Treyarch would be one of three developers behind their first James Bond based game, 007: Quantum of Solace . The game was released on October 31, 2008 in Europe and November 4, 2008 in North America. Vicarious Visions developed the Nintendo DS version and Eurocom developed the PlayStation 2 version. Treyarch is a major developer in the Call of Duty series.

<i>James Bond</i> Media franchise about a British spy

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<i>007: Quantum of Solace</i> video game

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Vicarious Visions

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II held the record for the largest entertainment launch in history in any form of entertainment, breaking the record within 24 hours of its release until it was surpassed by Grand Theft Auto V . [3] Sales from the game worldwide reached US$650 million within five days after its release. [4] Treyarch worked on the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts , in order to optimize it for the console. [5] Treyarch's most recently released video game is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , which was released on October 12, 2018. [6]

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<i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> 2013 first-person shooter video game

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, it is the tenth major installment in the Call of Duty series and the sixth developed by Infinity Ward. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U on November 5, 2013. The game was released with the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Games developed

YearGamePlatform(s)
1998 Olympic Hockey Nagano '98 Nintendo 64
Die by the Sword Microsoft Windows
Die by the Sword: Limb from Limb
1999 Triple Play 2000 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, PlayStation
2000 Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm Dreamcast
Triple Play 2001 PlayStation
2001 Triple Play Baseball Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
Max Steel: Covert Missions Dreamcast
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x Xbox
2002 NHL 2K2 Dreamcast
Spider-Man GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
NHL 2K3 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Minority Report: Everybody Runs
2004 Spider-Man 2
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
2007 Spider-Man 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
007: Quantum of Solace
Call of Duty: World at War
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [7]
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Ports

YearGamePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Dreamcast Neversoft
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
2001 Spider-Man
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Wii Infinity Ward
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Wii U

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