Acclaim Studios Cheltenham

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Acclaim Studios Cheltenham was a sub-studio of Acclaim Entertainment based in Cheltenham, England. It was founded in 2000 by former employees of Psygnosis' South West studio and Acclaim London. It closed down in 2004, along with other Acclaim studios and the whole parent company itself.



1st Logo (August 17, 2000-January 10, 2001)

Logo: It's the same Acclaim Studios logo from 1999, but it has "CHELTENHAM" below instead of being at the right of "Acclaim", spaced to fit the logo width.

Variant: On a trailer for Re-Volt 2 (early name for RC Revenge) the logo forms up through a fuzzy line-like effect.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None. On the Re-Volt 2 trailer, it's the main theme of the game.

Availability: Seen on RC Revenge and RC Revenge Pro.

2nd Logo (Crazy Taxi variant) (May 17, 2001-May 3, 2002)

Logo: The Acclaim logo with a taxi texture on "Acclaim" drives in from the right to the left, then drives back to the right faster and making crashing sounds, then drives in and makes a stop to the center. As it finishes, "CHELTENHAM" appears zooming out letter-by-letter with each letter inside a blue grunge rectangle and under the logo. The squares blur away a second later and then the logo turns into normal and "CHELTENHAM" fades out.

Technique: The logo driving through, the "CHELTENHAM" word zooming out.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of car crashing and honking and a woman screaming.

Availability: Seen on Crazy Taxi for GameCube and PS2.

3rd Logo (XGIII variant) (August 21, 2001-May 3, 2002)

Logo: A black Acclaim logo stands on an icy surface. Then several pod racers rush into the action and pass the border, coloring it with rainbow. "Cheltenham" appears under the logo and the background changes to white.

Technique: The pod racers.

Music/Sounds: Engine sounds.

Availability: Seen on XGIII: Extreme G Racing.

4th Logo (18 Wheeler variant) (November 13, 2001-December 5, 2002)

Logo: We see a huge close-up of a wheel which later speeds in reverse. Then we see different shots of it and goes faster. Then it slows down and finally makes a stop, revealing the Acclaim logo in plain white with the words "MADE IN CHELTENHAM" with a rectangular outline around "CHELTENHAM". Then everything fades out except for the Acclaim logo, which then turns into normal and the arrow-line's color fades in.

Technique: The wheel spinning which later stops.

Music/Sounds: The sounds of the truck driving and the tire squealing when the wheel stops.

Availability: Seen on 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker for GameCube and PS2.

5th Logo (March 13-July 4, 2003)

Logo: We see the Acclaim logo on a black background, but the arrow-line is plain white, the bottom part of it is larger and has the word "Studios" in spaced-out letters inside it. Under it is the word "Cheltenham" in spaced-out letters.

Variant: On Dakar 2: The World's Ultimate Rally, against the sand background, the wind blows the sand off to reveal the logo. Then the logo turns into the regular Acclaim logo and the background fades out.

Technique: None. The sand blowing off on the Dakar 2 variant.

Music/Sounds: None. The sounds of the sand blowing on the Dakar 2 variant.

Availability: Seen on Summer Heat Beach Volleyball and Dakar 2: The World's Ultimate Rally.

6th Logo (Alias variant) (April 7-June 17, 2004)

Logo: The Acclaim logo in a golden tint appears clipped to the document background from the game. Under it are the words "Acclaim Studios Cheltenham" with "Presents" underneath. Below that is a copyright date.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Alias.

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