Sir-Tech Software, Inc.
was a United States computer game developer
founded by Robert Woodhead
and Norman Sirotek
. While the original company closed its doors in 2001, its Canadian
counter-part Sir-Tech Canada
continued to operate up until late 2003.
Sir-Tech is best known for the Wizardry computer role-playing game series. The Jagged Alliance series (started in 1994) was also a popular franchise. The third game in the series, Jagged Alliance 2, is over 8 years old, and is still available from its current publisher. Many fans claim it is still one of the best squad-based strategy games.
Demise of the US company
The management of Sir-Tech blamed their demise on "several shady developers" who had failed to deliver completed games on time, in time for publishing, and retailers who had cut back on initial orders. However, other factors are most certainly part of the equation. Sir-Tech had entered an agreement with Telstar Electronic Studios of the UK to release a series of their products in North America. Unfortunately this resulted in a string of flops (such as Armed and Delirious
) where the user plays a grandmother suffering from senility
). The meager revenue stream these weak titles provided combined with a low number of SKUs overall contributed to the end decision to close the publishing company.
Developed and published