It's hard to think about some of the biggest and best video game franchises out there without thinking about the companies that made them. We think about Assassin's Creed and Ubisoft instantly comes to mind. You think about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Infinity Ward pops up. You think Uncharted and Naughty Dog is right there at the tip of your tongue or the end of your fingertips.

Game developers shape the interactive entertainment experiences in the world of gaming. Without developers there would be no games. Hence, this article is a show of honor to the men and women who formed recognizable studios that helped cultivate our enjoyment of electronic gaming, and stimulate our desire to dive into the incalculably complex fantasy worlds of digital entertainment. Prepare to wipe away a few tears and give a few salutes, as this is a list that celebrates the 11 best developers who are no longer in business.

Troika Games
Troika Games
The name may not ring a bell right away but when names like Arcanum are dropped a tinge of familiarity might start to come back to you. However, when the name Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is mentioned, I'm sure plenty of gamers get attentive given the strong bonds many core gamers have with those classic titles.

Troika had been around since the late 1990s, adding Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura to the list of isometric, magic and sword games that were oh-so-popular during the late '90s and early aughts on PC. They later released Vampire in 2004 only to have the game stomped out when it released in a year that saw Half-Life 2, Doom 3 and Halo 2 flood the market, effectively killing its momentum along with some awful launch day bugs. Shortly after that Troika bit the dust but Vampire: The Masquerade still lives on with a strong, dedicated community who releases unofficial patches and updates for the game.

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