Liquid Entertainment is an award-winning American independent video game developer based in Pasadena, California. The studio is led by President Ed Del Castillo, who produced the popular real-time strategy game series Command & Conquer, and CEO Holly Newman.
Liquid’s first game was Battle Realms, published by Crave Entertainment and Ubisoft in November 2001 to critical acclaim. Battle Realms is a real-time strategy PC game for Windows that features an unconventional approach to resource management and unit development. It was well received by reviewers, many of whom praised its at-the-time state of the art 3D engine and East Asian-inspired setting and aesthetics. It was nominated Best PC Strategy game of 2002 by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and was chosen for Computer Gaming World's Top 10 Games of E3 2001. Battle Realms was followed up with a stand-alone expansion pack, Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf in April 2002.
Since the release of Winter of the Wolf, Liquid has developed two real-time strategy PC games based on intellectual property licenses: In November, 2003, Sierra released The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring, based on Vivendi Universal's license to Tolkien's literary works, and in October 2005 Atari published the Dungeons & Dragons PC game Dragonshard. Dragonshard has since been re-released on GOG.com.
In October, 2006, Buena Vista Games released Desperate Housewives: The Game, a life simulation computer game adaptation of the popular television series Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives: The Game won PC Gamer Adventure Game of the Year for 2007. Many reviewers praised it as a well-written and faithful adaption of the television series.
Liquid’s next game Rise of the Argonauts, released in December 2008 and published by Codemasters, is a Greek mythology-themed action role-playing game for Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In 2011 Sega published Liquid’s second console game for Xbox 360 and PS3 Thor: God of Thunder that coincided with Marvel Studios’s release of the film Thor in May 2011.
Liquid has also released several casual, social and mobile games for Facebook and iOS. Titles including InstantJam, a music rhythm game for Facebook, Deadline Hollywood: Game based on the popular Hollywood news blog Deadline.com by Nikki Finke and Paramount Digital Entertainment for Facebook and iOS and Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter, a turn based strategy game published by Atari on Facebook.
- Battle Realms (2001), published by Crave Entertainment and Ubisoft
- Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf (2002), published by Crave Entertainment and Ubisoft
- The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (2003), published by Sierra Entertainment
- Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard (2005), published by Atari
- Desperate Housewives: The Game (2006), published by Buena Vista Games
- Rise of the Argonauts (2008), published by Codemasters
- Thor: God of Thunder (2011), published by SEGA
- Deadline Hollywood: The Game (2012), published by Paramount Digital Entertainment
- Dungeons and Dragons:Heroes of Neverwinter (2012), published by Atari
- ↑ GameSpy: Liquid Entertainment Company Profile
- ↑ Battle Realms reviews. Meta Critic.
- ↑ 2002 Interactive Achievement Awards. Interactive.org.
- ↑ Battle Realms Winter of the Wolf announced. gamershell.com.
- ↑ Kasavin, Greg (Nov 21, 2002). Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2006-11-05
Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf review. 1UP.com (05/09/2004). Retrieved on 2006-11-05
- ↑ Desperate Housewives. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2007-02-03
- ↑ Faylor, Chris (December 8, 2008). Rise of the Argonauts Slits US This Year, UK Next. Shacknews. Retrieved on 2008-12-09