Stainless Games' ride
Stainless founded by Patrick Buckland, an industry veteran with extensive games programming experience dating back to 1982, and Neil Barnden, previously a senior designer at Conran and The Body Shop. The company starts by performing sub-contracted 3D engine work for Argonaut, and developing medical multimedia titles for the Times Mirror Group.
Stainless lands its first full-scale games contract with SCi, for the game which became Carmageddon.
Carmageddon enters the UK charts at the number one position, and proceeds to top charts worldwide. The company expands to develop Carmageddon 2 and other titles, as well as an add-on pack to Carmageddon called the Splat Pack which also tops charts around the world.
There are approximately 200 Carmageddon fan-sites on the Internet. The game - and the company - win numerous awards. Carmageddon 2 is completed ahead of schedule and again tops charts worldwide. SCi subsequently release PlayStation, N64 and Gameboy versions of Carmageddon.
The Stainless team becomes part of the VIS entertainment group and begins work on a high-profile racing title for EA on PS2 and PC.
Buckland is appointed executive director and design consultant on the State of Emergency project being developed internally by VIS. State of Emergency wins Game of the Show awards at E3 and shoots to number one in the all-formats charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Later this year, Stainless Games Ltd. is spun off from the VIS group. The new company, headed by Patrick Buckland and backed by Bullfrog founder Les Edgar incorporates all of the proprietary technology developed since 1993, including the industry-renowned physics engine that gave the Carmageddon series its edge.
Stainless Games signs a major contract with Midway Home Entertainment to develop an arcade-action driving game on PS2, Xbox and GameCube.
Stainless starts work on a driving game for Sony's new PSP handheld with an undisclosed US publisher. Following the closure of the VIS IOW studio in July 2003, more of the original team rejoin Stainless, including its original co-founder Neil Barnden.
Stainless are chosen as the developer for a high profile Internet based game for the PC which launches to considerable media interest (unfortunately confidentiality clauses preclude us from naming the product).
SCi (now Eidos) - the original publishers of Carmageddon - commission Stainless to work on an undisclosed project. In parallel to this, Stainless develops a budget PC and PS2 racing title for the Dutch publisher Davilex, which was completed on time and to budget.
The popular Stainless-developed classic Crystal Quest is released on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade platform.
Novadrome, a premium Xbox 360 Live Arcade driving game based on Stainless' own IP is released by publisher Buena Vista Games.
Atari announces that 6 of its classic arcade coin-op titles will be coming to the XBox 360 Live Arcade platform during 2007. Developed by Stainless, each title features an evolution version which brings the gameplay and graphics to exciting new heights. A nanosecond-perfect emulation of the original is included with each title.
The first Atari coin-op classic package - Centipede and Millipede - is released on Xbox 360 Live Arcade in May, with Missile Command following in July. Missile Command tops the charts on release. Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe and Tempest follow later in the year.
During Q4, Stainless and Wizards of the Coast (a subsidiary of Hasbro) jointly announce a collaboration based on a globally-renowned Wizards property.
And a successful year is rounded off in December as the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) title Atari Classics Evolved is released.
A title update to Stainless' well-received Xbox Live Arcade classic Crystal Quest is released in January featuring enhanced gameplay and new leaderboards.
The Wizards of the Coast collaboration is revealed to be an Xbox Live Arcade title based on the hugely popular Magic: the Gathering trading card game.
Stainless-developed Happy Tree Friends is released by SEGA on Xbox Live Arcade during the summer, while other Stainless-developed titles released through 2008 include Sierra Online's Red Baron, and Atari's Battlezone and Warlords.
Another year of Stainless-developed releases begins with the Electronic Arts' official Hasbro-licensed Scrabble title for DS and PSP in Q1.
Red Baron Arcade for PS3 is released soon after, while Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live Arcade is released in June. It heads straight to the #1 position, and at that moment is the fastest-selling XBLA title in history.
Further downloadable content packs are released for Duels of the Planeswalkers, propelling the main title back to #1 for the third time since release. The PC version of Duels of the Planeswalkers is released on Steam in June.
In June, RISK: Factions is released by EA on XBLA, giving Stainless yet another XBLA #1!
Probably the busiest year to date for Stainless. The big news in the spring is that Max is Back! Stainless announces that Carmageddon has come home: Stainless now owns all IP in the brand, including all past games, all characters, trademarks and designs. Carmageddon.com is resurrected and a thriving community is rapidly established.
RISK: Factions is released on PS3 and Steam, extending this popular title across multiple platforms.
Strong sales of Duels of the Planeswalkers and its content packs mean the title rarely leaves the top ten best seller lists. In June its long awaited sequel Magic 2012 (or Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 to give it its full title) is released on Xbox Live Arcade, the Playstation Network and Steam, hitting the number one spot yet again!
May and June 2012 saw Stainless launch and complete a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign, raising funding for an all-new Carmageddon game. Later in the year the original Carmageddon 1 PC Game was released by GOG, shortly followed by a highly polished port of the same title for Apple iOS devices. The amusing Carmageddon Pratcam app was also released.
With added investment from Bullfrog founder Les Edgar the team get busy developing a bigger, better Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Magic 2014 is also released on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PC via Steam®, PlayStation® Network, iPad and - for the first time - Android. Later in the year an Expansion pack is released.
'Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers' launched on iPad, PC via Steam, Xbox 360, Amazon Kindle, Android on Google Play and later in the year on Xbox One. Carmageddon: Reincarnation for the PC is released on Steam Early Access on 27 March 2014. The CLINT app is also released in this year as a companion app for all the latest Carmageddon news.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation for the PC is released on 21 May 2015
“Oath of the Gatewatch” and “Shadows over Innistrad” in April, “Eldritch Moon” in July, “Kaladesh” in September and the latest “Aether Revolt” (2017) expansions were released for Magic Duels on PC via Steam, iPad, iPhone, and Xbox One. They added new unique earnable cards, new Story Quests, new Skill Quests, and new customizable items. The continued release of expansion packs throughout the whole of 2016 and into 2017 ensured the title continues to enjoy a long tail.
Carmageddon: Max Damage is released on 8th July for Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The Max Damage release has more cars, more levels, more pedestrians and numerous visual and performance improvements. It also features trailers, wheelchairs, bikes and mobility scooters.
Carmageddon: Max Damage is released on 27th October for PC, via the Steam client. All players who already own a copy of Carmageddon: Reincarnation receive the new game for free as it is automatically added to their Steam Games Library.
Work is ongoing on another Carmageddon title for mobile (Android and iOS), with release slated for Q1/2 2017.
Early January. Preparations are under way for the commencement of closed Beta testing of the next Carmageddon title, Carmageddon: Crashers, prior to release in Q1/2.
Various other as yet unannounced projects are being worked on.