|Industry||Video game industry|
|Products||Surgeon Simulator 2013, I Am Bread, Worlds Adrift|
|Parent||Shine Group (2011–2014)|
Bossa Studios Ltd is an independent British video game developer based in London, England. Founded in October 2010 by Henrique Olifiers, Roberta Lucca, Imre Jele and Ric Moore, it is known for the comedic, physics-based games Surgeon Simulator 2013 and I Am Bread. The core development team mainly are former employees from Bullfrog Productions, Jagex, Ubisoft, and Playfish.
In September 2011, the company was partially acquired by Shine Group for an undisclosed fee, but following the commercial success of Surgeon Simulator it subsequently underwent a management buyout process that returned the stake to the original founders, thus restoring its independent status.
Bossa launched its first title Monstermind in September 2011 which has seen over one million Facebook users play the game and in 2012 won a BAFTA award in the "Online – Browser" category.
The company announced its third title Merlin: The Game in June 2012, which is based on the Merlin TV series and released in 2013.
Bossa developed the BAFTA 2014 nominated Surgeon Simulator 2013, which originally was the product of a game jam. The game has gone on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide across Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android.
In 2015, Bossa was nominated for yet another BAFTA for its mobile game Twelve a Dozen, which required players use their heads to solve mathematical platforming puzzles.
Later in 2015, Bossa saw its next major release with I Am Bread, which sets the player into the form of a living piece of bread that wants to toast itself.
Bossa is currently developing the massively multiplayer online adventure game World's Adrift, an open world platformer.
The company received a $10 million investment in September 2017. Shortly thereafter, they hired former Valve writer Chet Faliszek to lead a new Seattle-based studio for them, working on an unannounced cooperative title.
List of games
- Monstermind (2011, for social networks)
- Merlin: The Game (2013, for social networks)
- Surgeon Simulator (2013 (as Surgeon Simulator 2013), for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android)
- Thomas Was Alone (2014, developed by Mike Bithell, published for iOS and Android)
- Deep Dungeons of Doom (2014, co-developed together with MiniBoss, for Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS and Android)
- Twelve a Dozen (2015, for iOS)
- I Am Bread (2015, for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android)
- Spy_Watch (2015, for iOS)
- Outlaw Poker (2015, for Android)
- Surgeon Simulator VR: Meet The Medic (2016, for Microsoft Windows, using HTC Vive)
- Worlds Adrift Island Creator (2016, for Microsoft Windows)
- Worlds Adrift (TBA, for Microsoft Windows)
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