Tripwire Interactive

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Tripwire Interactive LLC
Type Private
Industry Video games
FoundedFebruary 17, 2005;16 years ago (2005-02-17)
FounderAlan Wilson & John Gibson
Key people
Alan Wilson (Interim CEO)
Number of employees
87 [1]  (2019)

Tripwire Interactive LLC is an American video game developer and publisher based in Roswell, Georgia.



Tripwire was co-founded by John Gibson and Alan Wilson with support by members of the international team that created Unreal Tournament 2004 mod Red Orchestra: Combined Arms . Red Orchestra won top prize in the Nvidia-sponsored Make Something Unreal competition. [2] Their first retail product, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 , was released over Valve's Steam service on March 14, 2006.

Tripwire's second game, Killing Floor , was released on May 14, 2009. Like Red Orchestra, this game also began development as a Unreal Tournament 2004 mod, later becoming a standalone retail title. [3]

Tripwire released and published their third game, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad , which is the sequel to their debut World War II-themed Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 first-person shooter. The title focuses heavily on the Battle of Stalingrad. [4] The game was released on September 13, 2011. [5] and uses the Unreal Engine 3. On May 30, 2013, the expansion pack Rising Storm was released, focusing on the Pacific War with real life battle locations such as the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Tripwire Interactive announced their fifth game, Killing Floor 2 in May 2014. [6] In 2015, Tripwire announced Rising Storm 2: Vietnam at E3 2015. [7]

On September 4, 2021, Tripwire CEO and co-founder John Gibson supported the Texas Heartbeat Act. The Act bans abortion after about six weeks gestation, except to save the mother's life. [8] [9] In response, Gibson faced criticism from people involved in the video games industry, including Torn Banner Studios, which had used Tripwire for publishing of Chivalry 2, and Shipwright Studios, which had been working with Tripwire for three years but stated their intent to terminate these contracts due to the comments. [10] By September 6, 2021, Gibson announced he was stepping down as CEO of Tripwire, and the company issued its own announcement that "the comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company". [11] Tripwire announced that co-founder and vice president Alan Wilson would assume Gibson's duties, and the company would immediately address employee concerns related to Gibson's statement and promote open communication to transition to the new leadership. [11]

Games developed

Former logo used until 2015. Tripwire Interactive logo.jpg
Former logo used until 2015.
TitleEngineRelease datePlatform(s)Aggregated scores [12]
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Unreal Engine 2.5 March 14, 2006 Windows, Linux, OS X 81 [13]
Killing Floor May 14, 2009Windows, Linux, OS X72 [14]
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Unreal Engine 3 September 13, 2011Windows76 [15]
Rising Storm May 30, 2013Windows82 [16]
Killing Floor 2 November 18, 2016Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 82.33 [17]
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam May 30, 2017Windows81 [18]
Killing Floor: IncursionNovember 14, 2017Windows (VR), PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR)68 [19]
Maneater Unreal Engine 4 May 22, 2020Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S 69.67 [20]

Games published

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