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|About Destruction Derby|
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The Destruction Derby (DD) video game series debuted in 1995, based around the real-life sport of demolition derby driving. It was concepted by Martin Edmondson, founder of Reflections Interactive.
The original DD game was an instant hit - for the first time, gamers could smash and wreck other cars, be it in a derby bowl or a race track, while encompassing a realistic damage system affecting the car's health.
As a pioneer of the genre, four sequels were released over the years on Sony's platforms, which includes ports to Sega Saturn and PC, and a licensed exclusive for Nintendo 64. The series was highly popular, and all the three PlayStation DD titles received platinum sales.
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The people behind this wreckin' series
Psygnosis was founded in Liverpool in 1984 and later became known for its games on the Amiga platform. It was bought by Sony Electronic Publishing in 1993 whilst the PlayStation was still in development, and was part of Sony Computer Entertainment when it was founded in 1994. Psygnosis published the original DD as well as DD2 and DD Raw, and are also well known for other games during the era such as the Wipeout series and the Colony Wars series. Later merged and renamed to SCE Studio Liverpool, the studio sadly closed down in August 2012.
Reflections Interactive, now part of Ubisoft and known as Ubisoft Reflections, was founded in 1984. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, the founder of the studio, Martin Edmondson, is the person that concepted and created the DD series. They developed the first DD and DD2, and later started working on the well-known Driver series.
Studio 33, based in Liverpool, was founded in 1996 by a former Psygnosis member. They developed DD Raw and Arenas, and at the time also developed several Formula One games. They were acquired by Electronic Arts in 2003 when DD Arenas was completed, with the team relocating to 'EA North West' in nearby Warrington.
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