Zyrinx

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Zyrinx
Founded: 1992
Defunct: 1998-08-31[1]
Merged into: Reto-Moto
Headquarters: Boston, MA, United States

Zyrinx was a video game developer founded in 1992 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first game developed by Zyrinx was Sub-Terrania for the Sega Mega Drive. During the development, the team relocated to Boston. Later, the team developed the games Red Zone and Scorcher. Zyrinx's 3D rendering technology was showcased in a Sega 32X promotion video, intended to be used in their cancelled titles Heavy Machinery and X-Men: Mind Games. The team dissolved in 1998 when their publisher, Scavenger, went bankrupt.

In 1998, the Zyrinx team reformed under the name Reto-Moto and went on to create IO Interactive and the Hitman series of games. In April 2008 the Reto-Moto team announced they had reformed the company and are working on multiplayer-focused games.

Interestingly, the company consisted exclusively of people who had been active in the Amiga demo scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including composer Jesper Kyd, who also employed the Zyrinx sound driver for subcontracted work on AWS Pro Moves Soccer and the Mega Drive version of The Adventures of Batman and Robin. The group was responsible for producing the popular The Silents/Crionics demo "Hardwired". This demo shares many of the visual effects and styles from their Mega Drive games, Sub-Terrania and Red Zone.

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