ABOUT Country: Czech Republic www.bistudio.com
The Czech outfit was originally formed in 1999 and produced the Operation Flashpoint series before switching to the Arma franchise in the mid-2000s. Although Bohemia Interactive hasn’t released a new game in the last two years, what keeps it at a decent position in this year’s Develop 100 listing is its games Arma III and zombie-themed survival spin-off DayZ. The latter alone has sold around 1.5m copies in the last year, and both DayZ and Arma III have been strong sellers in the Steam charts. The studio is currently working on a standalone edition of DayZ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
DAYBREAK GAME COMPANY
ABOUT Country: United States www.daybreakgames.com
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Another mid-tier MMO player, this is the former Sony Online Entertainment studios that broke away under leader John Smedley, although the veteran MMO developer has since left the firm. What gave it an immediate headstart once Sony disposed of it was the portfolio of games it develops and updates, such as EverQuest and PlanetSide 2 – but the real success of late has been H1Z1, a zombie survival game that has been a big hit on Steam despite some initial technical issues and has already sold over 1m copies. There are still some challenges ahead for Daybreak but it’s a strong start for the new firm. STUDIO HOTLIST