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Vicious Cycle Software
Basic Information
Company Type
Private Company
Software & Programming
Key People
Eric Peterson, Founder/President and CEO
Wayne Harvey, Founder/VP/CTO
Dave Ellis, Founder/Senior Game Designer
This article is about the development company. For the album, see Vicious Cycle (album). For the economic term, see Virtuous circle and vicious circle.

Vicious Cycle Software is a video game development company based in Morrisville, North Carolina, United States.


Vicious Cycle was founded in 2000 by Eric Peterson, Dave Ellis, Marc Racine and Wayne Harvey after layoffs at the local MicroProse development studio (then a Hasbro Interactive studio) forced several game developers into finding other work. Racine resigned as Vice President and Director of Production in the Spring of 2005 to pursue other ventures. Ellis left the company in the Summer of 2000, but returned in 2005 to take a position as game designer. Vicious Cycle has released titles for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PlayStation Portable systems as well as the Microsoft Windows platform.

In 2005, Vicious Cycle announced the opening of their Monkey Bar Games division. Monkey Bar Games is focused on providing mass-market games to gamers of all ages. Thus far, Monkey Bar Games has released video games incorporating licensed characters from Ben 10, Dora the Explorer, and Curious George. A game was also released in late 2006 to coincide with the release of the Flushed Away animated feature film.

Also in 2005, Vicious Cycle announced the release of their Vicious Engine game engine. The Vicious Engine is a complete game development middleware solution for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and Microsoft Windows. The Vicious Engine is one of the first game engines to offer full support for the PSP and Wii platforms.

On June 20, 2007, Vicious Cycle was acquired by D3 Publisher, making Vicious Cycle Software a subsidiary of D3Publisher of America and a second‐tier subsidiary of D3 Inc.[1] Vicious Cycle and D3Publisher released Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 26, 2009. On October 1, 2009, D3P and Vicious Cycle Software announced they would be bringing Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond to Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStationStore for PlayStation3 computer entertainment system this winter.[2]

The second version of the Vicious Engine, Ve2, was released on March 25, 2009 at the Game Developers Conference. It specifically features improvements for next-gen consoles, especially the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[3]


Vicious Cycle develops Vicious Engine, a game engine, which supports a variety of game platforms. They've also developed a number of video games.

Title System(s) Year
Robotech: Battlecry PS2, GameCube, and Xbox 2002
Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey GameCube and Xbox 2003
Robotech: Invasion PS2 and Xbox 2004
Spy vs. Spy PS2 and Xbox 2005
Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet PS2 and GameCube 2005
Curious George PS2, GameCube, Xbox and PC 2006
Flushed Away PS2 and GameCube 2006
Marvel Trading Card Game PSP and PC 2007
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP, PS2 and Wii 2007
Dead Head Fred PSP 2007
Ben 10: Alien Force Wii, PS2 and PSP 2008
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard Xbox 360 and PS3 2009
Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond XBLA and PSN 2010
Despicable Me: The Game PS2, PSP and Wii 2010


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