ⓘ Virgin Interactive was a British video game publisher. It was formed as Virgin Games Ltd. in 1981. The company became much larger after purchasing the budget la ..


ⓘ Virgin Interactive

Virgin Interactive was a British video game publisher. It was formed as Virgin Games Ltd. in 1981. The company became much larger after purchasing the budget label, Mastertronic in 1987. It was part of the Virgin Group. In 1994 it was renamed Virgin Interactive.


1.1. Summary General summary

It published games for PC and systems, including the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, C64, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast.

It helped the career of many developers, including Westwood Studios who developed Command & Conquer Series and the PC port of Resident Evil and Synergistic. Also, many workers for Shiny Entertainment, including David Perry, worked for Virgin before splitting off to create Earthworm Jim. Also among Virgin Interactive alumni are famed video game composer Tommy Tallarico, artist Doug TenNapel, designer David Bishop, animator Bill Kroyer, animator/artists Andy Luckey and Mike Dietz and programmer Andy Astor.

In 1993 Virgin Interactive created the "Digicel" process, originally for an unpublished game called "Dynoblaze". Key to developing the process were Dr. Stephen Clarke-Willson, David Perry, designer David Bishop, animator Bill Kroyer, animator artists Andy Luckey, animator Mike Dietz and programmer Andy Astor. The technology was first released to the general public in Disneys Aladdin for the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis and subsequently on such projects as The Lion King video game.

The worldwide operations were acquired in a management buyout backed by Mark Dyne who became its Chief Executive Officer in 1998. Tim Chaney, the former Managing Director was named as President. The U.S. operations were spun out to Electronic Arts as part of its acquisition of Westwood Studios that same year.

The Companys assets were acquired by the French publisher Titus Software -- its name was changed to Avalon Interactive on July 1, 2003.

In May 2002, the Spanish division of Virgin Interactive, known as Virgin Interactive España, was purchased by Tim Chaney along with former Spanish president and founder Paco Encinas. The branch was then separated from the main Virgin Interactive company, already part of Titus Software, and kept its own identity as a Virgin brand. Renamed Virgin Play in October 2002, this Spanish publisher remains as the sole representation of the Virgin Group in the video game industry.


1.2. Summary Popular games

  • Resident Evil 2 Europe only 1998
  • Resident Evil: Gaiden Europe only 2001
  • Screamer 4x4 2001
  • Devil May Cry Europe only 2001
  • Falcon Patrol II 1987
  • World Masters Golf 1995
  • Project Justice Europe only 2001
  • Reach for the Skies 1993
  • Now Games compilation series 1985-1988
  • Corporation 1991
  • Wonderland 1990
  • Zone Raiders 1995
  • Action Force 1987
  • Toonstruck 1996
  • Hunter Patrol 1985
  • RoboCop Versus The Terminator 1993
  • Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror 1997
  • Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars 1996
  • Ignition 1997
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Europe only 2000
  • Doriath 1985
  • Lands of Lore series 1993
  • Magic & Mayhem Europe only 1998
  • Falcon Patrol 1983
  • Cannon Fodder 1993
  • The 7th Guest 1992
  • Agile Warrior F-111X 1997
  • Super Dany Europe only 1998
  • Hyper 3D Pinball 1995
  • The Lion King 1994
  • Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994 European PC version only
  • Dino Crisis Europe only 1999
  • Mega Man X3 Europe only 1997
  • Jeep Jamboree: Off Road Adventure 1992
  • Global Gladiators 1992
  • Dune II 1992
  • Cool Spot 1993
  • Action Force II 1988
  • Cyberia 2 1995
  • Resident Evil Europe and PC versions only, PC versions made by Westwood Studios 1996
  • Disneys Aladdin 1993
  • Dino Crisis 2 Europe only 2000
  • Super Slap Shot 1993
  • Realms 1991
  • Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future 1986
  • Walt Disneys The Jungle Book 1994 * Earthworm Jim Europe only 1994 * Command & Conquer 1995
  • Subspace 1997
  • The Terminator 1992
  • Super Karts 1995
  • Nanotek Warrior 1997
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert DOS Version Only 1996
  • Goal! 1994
  • M.C. Kids 1991