Acclaim games down and out

Playdom pulls the plug on developer's entire catalog three months after acquiring the free-to-play online game specialist.

Acclaim is apparently dead again. Barely three months after the free-to-play online game publisher was acquired by Playdom, the social gaming company has pulled the plug on Acclaim's entire catalog.

Acclaim lasted barely three months under the Playdom umbrella.

On what used to be the official Acclaim Web site, visitors are given a short message saying that Acclaim games will no longer be in service, effective yesterday. The site also contains instructions on how customers can be reimbursed for unused Acclaim Coins (the in-game currency that drove the company's microtransactions) and plugs for Playdom's lineup of Facebook games. The site gives no indication that the Acclaim name will continue in any form. Playdom did not return GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Originally founded in 1987 as a publisher for consoles, PCs, and arcades, Acclaim enjoyed mixed success until it filed for bankruptcy in 2004. The company published critically lauded titles, such as Turok and Burnout 1 and 2, as well as less warmly received titles, such as BMX XXX, Batman Forever, and Space Jam.

Following the breakup of the company, Throwback Entertainment purchased many of Acclaim's key intellectual properties, while former Activision executive Howard Marks purchased the brand name. Marks went on to reboot Acclaim Games as a free-to-play games portal and had some success with titles like Bots, 9Dragons, and the rhythm action game RockFree, which at one point boasted 15 million registered players.

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TWayne1020
TWayne1020

As I said, Acclaim's , Turok Dinosaur Hunter and Turok Two were way ahead of their time. This was the first game you could blow the trees down with the rocket launcher !!!They also made a Stargate game on super nintendo which was great. They were one of my favorite developers untile they finished Turok 2. R.I.P.

shaunn191
shaunn191

guess im not getting my dave mirra 3 anytime soon...

XanderZane
XanderZane

storm_trooper10 I thought Acclaim were already defunct, way back in 2004! ***************************************************************** They went bankrupt, but came back and decided to make online games that required monetarily micro-management to play them. They were bought by Activision executive Howard Marks and became Acclaim Games. They had a view decent online mmo like 9Dragons and 2Moons. Unfortunately, those wasn't enought to keep Acclaim afloat.

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

If they would have just stayed on the path of producing, two of my all time favorites games, Turok Dinosaur Hunter and Turok Two , which were way ahead of their time when they were released !!!! They would still be in business . Here again , after the success of these two games ,greed $$$$ ruined the company by pushing out the rest of the games unfinished , full of glitchs and lame graphics !! Quality would have keep them in the business !!!

xboxps2cube
xboxps2cube

so.... they finally gone they been dying for years.... they lived off of other devs content and published it as their own, then those devs started putting their own stuff out.

gix47
gix47

never a big fan,but i still remember the games from the NES days, RIP Acclaim,was a long road and not a easy advanture for you but it was a slow death

Evil_Mr_Jingles
Evil_Mr_Jingles

Their level of quality was very uneven to say the least, seems like for every good title they had five bad ones, at least we'll always have the great memories. Here's hoping all those affected by this find good, long lasting jobs.

omegazx100
omegazx100

i don't understand i thought they were out of business for a long time after the game turok on the gamecube system

starduke
starduke

Accalim, may you (finally) rest in peace.

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Nintendo GameBoy Original and Sega MegaDrive (Genesis) !!! What memories. Too bad for poor acclaim...

CISX
CISX

acclaim was one of the best companies in the 90's along with konami & capcom, good bye ACCLAIM

runstalker
runstalker

It hasn't been remotely close to the "Acclaim" you may have memories of, for approximately 6 years now. What just died is merely a Free-to-Play grindhouse firm that purchased the 'Acclaim' namesake several years ago. It was an absurd attempt to piggback a brand while abandoning all of its key IPs and adopting a totally different business model. F to the ail.

lock445
lock445

That is the single rudest thing I've seen a publisher do this year so far save for Activision and Infinity Ward.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Certainly one of the more turbulant rides I can ever recall in the gaming industry...

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

I don't think I played many of their games...

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Acclaim are lacking critical acclaim these days it seems.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

Damn no mention of extreme G series.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Their Mortal Kombat PC ports sucked. Good riddance.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

That is the lamest thing I ever heard. All I can say is Why???

jadefury27
jadefury27

acclaim dropped the ball on remakes(N.A.R.C.) and didn't give the remakes that people asked for (wizards and warriors). they had chances regain greatness but simply went with games that were quick to produce but had awful quality.

beau_x
beau_x

Didn't Acclaim make all those NBA Jam and College Slam games on the Sega? Those games were great.

star-stratus
star-stratus

Back in the day they made solid games, till they went defunct and somebody just bought the name. Then the "Acclaim Games" company just released a sh!tstorm of... sh!t.

snes08
snes08

Kids these days. Acclaim were the bomb. Anyone remember Re-Volt? Or Bartman and Bart's Nightmare?

X-RS
X-RS

WTF IS XGRA?!?!? seriously, of all the things acclaim did, this series deserves to be mentioned most.

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Acclaim published quite a few MK titles, but they didn't develop them. That was Williams/Midway.

Oracleas
Oracleas

Wasn't mortal kombat Trilogy an acclaim game? best mortal kombat yet.

The_Corinthian
The_Corinthian

They really were a second-rate game company. Never really amounted to much of anything. Most of their games were cheesy, not like they'll be missed that much.

4thNoun
4thNoun

Man is that all they were known for. Seems like Acclaim did alot of games back in the cartridge days. They did early mortal Kombat, Spider man, WWF(now WWE), I mean Acclaim was involved in alot, a shame when they filed for bankruptcy in '04 and a farewell 2 them in '10. At least most of their franchises/.titles were picked up by others.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I only remember Acclaim for Turok on N64, since that was probably their best game. After that they just disappeared on my radar. Oh well, RIP Acclaim, since I don't see them bouncing back. Maybe EA can buy them, lol

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I hate to say it, but I can't think of a single game of their that I purchased. Must not have made an much an impression.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Acclaim decided they weren't relevant anymore around the N64 era. The Turok series was their death gasp. Seeds of Evil is easily one of my top 10 games of all time and was years ahead of the market and any of the subsequent releases in the franchise. If they'd have topped it, imo, they'd still be around (and seriously, looking at it today, they should've had no trouble making a better installment). But they didn't, and they've released garbage ever since.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

I remember them for publishing double dragon 3 for NES. Always remember, "Bimmy and Jimmy Lee"

xxgunslingerxx
xxgunslingerxx

nba jam and playing as bill clinton was awesome... good memories

soxs
soxs

To be honest, the company hadn't made any waves since its last Turok, most of us remember them for the Extreme-G series, others NBA Jam. But for whatever reason we do remember them, they didn't have an Impact on me like, lets say, Capcom did or Nintendo... It's sad to see them go, but who cares at this point? Sorry fellow gamers...

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

As far as I'm concerned, Acclaim went out of business years ago. I only remember them for Turok and BMX XXX (which was TERRIBLE but I loved playing for some reason). It was sad people lost their jobs, but honestly nothing of note was really coming out of them. After the name was bought, I remember reading an article about it, but never bothered to try any games coming from the "new Acclaim."

SpedKnight
SpedKnight

all these great companies going out of business... kinda depressing...should i blame the economy? why not..

Doom64
Doom64

I have mixed feelings about this. When I was little I enjoyed playing the turoks on the N64 [First-last on the 64]. But was kinda disappointed by evolution for the gamecube. So long Acclaim, you'll be missed possible, maybe.

sflowers539
sflowers539

Acclaim made Mortal Kombat II for Super Nintendo and Sega, right? That is the one amazing classic for the home systems I'll always remember them for.

Franko_3
Franko_3

I wish I could get my 40$ back for Batman Forever :( This game begs for the apocalypse.

netsol2
netsol2

RIP Acclaim you will be remembered

deviant74
deviant74

BMX XXX was funny in it's own way

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

I don't care much about Acclaim, the only thing they ever did that I cared for was Turok which they handed to Disney who promptly destroyed the franchise. Plus as a Free To Play company, who cares? FTP games always suck anyway.

blakeney
blakeney

@ yeebsey Dave Mirra 1 is proberly the best bmx game to date! I hoped there would be a current gen one, but i guess theres no chance now ;p

yeebsey
yeebsey

shame. so many hours of my teenage years monging out to dave mirra 1 & 2 time well spent