Avalanche Software

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Logo descriptions by
EnormousRat


Logo captures by
SuperMax124


Video captures courtesy of
Broken Saw, Plasma Storm and Digital media resources

Background

Avalanche Software is an American video game developer based in Salt Lake City, launched in 1995. It is best known for its Rampage and Tak games. In May 2005, the studio was acquired by Disney, making it a division of their Disney Interactive Studios brand. In May 2016, with the shutdown of DIS, Avalanche went dormant, before being acquired and revived by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2017. Disney-related games by Avalanche are now licensed by Disney and distributed by WBIE.

1st Logo (December 13, 1996-November 12, 2000)

Nicknames: "Avalanche Mountain", "Paramount's Cousin"

Logo: On a black background, we see a white hemisphere propped up by two purple cones, creating a stylized mountain. The white text "AVALANCHE SOFTWARE" appears below the logo, with "SOFTWARE" in spaced-out letters under "AVALANCHE" .

Trivia: Box covers continued using the print version of this logo until 2009.

Variants:

  • On Mortal Kombat Trilogy and NHL Open Ice for the PlayStation, the pinkish-gray colored logo, made out of marble, tumbles towards the camera and lands to the marble background, giving the front faces its regular colors. The text is purple and "SOFTWARE" is in a different font.
  • On Rampage 2: Universal Tour and Rampage Through Time, a yellowish-white light travels and shines behind the logo.
  • On Rampage 2: Universal Tour and Rugrats in Paris for the N64, the 3D logo stands in a circle of light.

FX/SFX: None, unless if you count fade-ins and fade-outs.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Mortal Kombat Trilogy and NHL Open Ice for the PlayStation, a rising deep choir note accompanied by whooshes and a deep bell-like toll.
  • On Rampage 2: Universal Tour and Rampage Through Time, the wind blowing in the background.

Availability: The normal version was seen on Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero for Nintendo 64. The custom variants appeared on the games listed above.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (Prince of Persia 3D variant) (December 6, 2000)

Logo: The camera rotates to the Avalanche Software text (this time, "SOFTWARE" is purple) lying on the ground. A shine appears over the second "A" letter.

FX/SFX: The camera moving and the shine.

Music/Sounds: A loud whoosh.

Availability: Seen on Prince of Persia 3D for Dreamcast.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (NCAA College Football 2K2 variant) (August 28, 2001)

Logo: On a complicated blue background with binary code, sensory scans and team names, the company name is shown in the same style as before.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on NCAA College Football 2K2 for Dreamcast.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (NCAA College Football 2K3 variant) (August 6, 2002)

Logo: A red rugby ball falls on grass. When the camera rotates, we see the Avalanche text carved on a field. Then the background changes to black, leaving only the text.

FX/SFX: The ball falling to the grass, the camera rotating, the grass fading out.

Music/Sounds: Starts with the sound of the ball falling along with birds chirping, followed by a crowd cheering.

Availability: Seen on NCAA College Football 2K3.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (November 26, 2002-June 13, 2017)

Nickname: "Walking Letters"

Logo: On a white background, a letter "A" walks to the left, and other letters of the company name fall behind as it passes. When the letter "V" falls, the "A" attempts to continue walking, but the "V" squeaks, catching the attention of the "A", which jumps to the "V". The camera zooms out so the whole word "AVALANCHE" in 3D is seen. A hatch opens below the name and the word "SOFTWARE" is pulled up from it. "AVALANCHE" is pushed above by it, and a shadow is seen below.

Trivia: This logo was first used on box art in 2009 (see 1st logo), with the modified version being used on the packaging of Cars 3: Driven to Win in 2017.

Variants:

  • This logo comes in both a fullscreen and widescreen version.
  • On 25 to Life, the still logo shares the screen with the Crystal Dynamics, Ritual Entertainment, and Hwy 1 Productions logos, all on a black background.
  • A modified version first appeared on box art in 2017. The "V" was either blue or purple and the "L" was slanted at the bottom. On trailers and website for Hogwarts Legacy, the "V" is white. The website later removed this logo in August 2022.

FX/SFX: Letters falling behind the walking "A", the hatch opening. Nice CGI that's held up very well over the years.

Music/Sounds: Various background noises and squeaks, and a short synth note.

Availability: Common. Can be seen on many games from the company, from Rugrats: Royal Ransom to Disney Infinity. Made a surprise appearance on Cars 3: Driven to Win, the first game from Avalanche after being bought by Warner Bros.

Editor's Note: None.

6th Logo (2022?-)

Nickname: "The Avalanche Valve", "The Boring Letters"

Logo: Just a rectangle outline with "AVALANCHE" in a different font. The text appears to be thinner than the previous logos. The "L" is also slightly slanted at the bottom, similarly to the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Varies depending on the game.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game.

Availability: Brand new. It first appeared on the State of Play trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, and will later appear on the game itself. However, websites and the first trailer for said game uses the previous logo instead. It is unknown if it will appear on future projects.

Editor's Note: Much like the new Bandai Namco logo, this logo did not sit well with people who are familiar with the previous logos, not to mention that it resembles the Valve logo, hence the nickname. It is rumored to be a variant created exclusively to fit the theme of Hogwarts Legacy, as there is no normal variant made yet for this logo, nor does it appear on the studio's website.

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