|Located||Warrington, Cheshire, UK|
Juice Games is a video game developer based in the UK. They were recently acquired by THQ, publisher of their first console game Juiced. THQ have announced that Juiced sold over 2.0m units. Juice Games was formed from the ashes of Rage Software, which was mostly made up of staff from Digital Image Design (bought out by Rage). The company was headed by industry veteran Colin Bell, until the buy out by THQ, after which he assumed the position of General Manager.
Juice Games' most anticipated game, Juiced was released around May/June 2005 after much delay. Juiced was originally going to be released in November 2004, but its publisher, Acclaim, went out of business and the game went into limbo for a month before being picked up by THQ and published, to mixed response.
Set up in 2003, Juice Games has also launched mobile and interactive TV games, according to their website.
In 2005 Juice Games won the "Best New UK/European Studio" from the Develop Magazine awards.
Juice Games released Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, for release on PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS in late October 2007, to healthy critical acclaim. A demo for the Xbox 360 version was released on Xbox Live Marketplace on July 19, 2007. A second, multiplayer demo appeared on September 14, 2007.
Juice Games is currently based in one office in Warrington, UK, and employs over 40 staff. Over 30 staff were laid off as part of THQ's reorganisational operations on November 3, 2008 - this was due to the project the studio was working on was seen as a "risk." This was revealed to be a project called Stormbirds, featuring a range of customisable jet fighters through a Realtime:uk produced CG video.