is a Russian video game developer
, with its main development studio based in Moscow
. According to some sources, it is one of the largest game developers in the country.
Nival was founded in 1996 in Moscow by Sergey Orlovskiy
. It primarily focused on strategy games
(frequently with role-playing
elements). Its best-known products include Etherlords
, and Silent Storm
. The company has recently released the fifth game in the Heroes of Might and Magic
series, a franchise owned by Ubisoft
Nival is the developer of two popular game engines, the Silent Storm Engine and the Enigma Engine, that were reused in several third-party titles.
In early 2005, the company was bought by Ener1 Group, a Florida-based holdings company, for around US$10 million. Ener1 has stated that it will "integrate Nival's artists, designers, and programmers with its US-based video gaming interests". On November 30, 2007, Sergey Orlovskiy regained full control of Nival Interactive.