The existence of United Developers, LLC has been publicly known for more than a year now, since their appearance at Macworld Expo in New York back in 2000. But until now they’ve remained little more than a shadowy background organization, the parent company of Mac game publisher MacPlay. Now the company is having its official coming-out party, and it has added another gaming brand to its roster — that of Rogue Entertainment.
The company was founded by Ron Dimant, whose official title is Managing Director. Dimant has long had his hands in Macintosh game publishing — he was formerly affiliated with Parsoft Interactive, makers of the A-10 flight simulator games. Director of Development Mark Dochtermann heads up the technical end of the company’s efforts, and his background includes founding Ritual Entertainment, best known to Mac gamers as the developers behind Heavy Metal FAKK 2, which was published for the Mac earlier this year by Gathering of Developers.
Recently appointed president Mark Cottam comes from Moto1, a developer of racing games. Cottam and Dimant previously worked together at Parsoft as well. Drew Fisher is United Developers’ director of technology. Fisher comes from Edge of Reality Inc., where he worked on successful Nintendo 64 game conversions including Tony Hawk Pro Skater and its sequel, as well as Spider-Man.
United Developers has also announced that Rogue Entertainment has joined the company. Rogue Entertainment is known to Mac gamers as the original development force behind American McGee’s Alice (that game was published for the Mac by Aspyr Media, which is unaffiliated with United Developers). Rogue has also created Quake II for the Nintendo 64 video game console platform.
“We are very excited about joining United Developers. This will allow us to focus our talents on creating the type of games for which we are known,” said Rogue president Rich Fleider in a recent statement.
Rogue Joins three other brands as part of the growing United Developers empire — MumboJumbo Games, which is currently wrapping up its first original title, Myth III: The Wolf Age (to be published by MacSoft later this year); Inertia Games; and MacPlay, which is scheduled to bring a slew of new titles to the Macintosh.