Top 10 Video Game Developers that are Not Publishers

Here are the best video game developers that are not publishers. This list only includes video game developers, not publishers. So no Nintendo, Microsoft Games, Sony Computer Entertainment, Bethesda, or CD Project.

The Top Ten

1 Naughty Dog

Truly one of the best video game developers ever. - Drawbox

They are the best! They’ve made awesome games like the first 3 Crash games, Crash Team Racing, the Jack & Daxter games, the Uncharted games, and The Last Of Us. Naughty Dog is the best video game developer ever! - RadioHead03

2 BioWare

BioWare is awesome. They’ve made the Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic, The Mass Effect Trilogy, The Dragon Age games, and other beloved titles. What a shame EA rushed them on Adromina, EA is evil. BioWare is a fantastic video game developer, hoping Anthem doesn't suck. - RadioHead03

3 Platinum Games

They are really good, and talented with their games. The Bayonetta games, Mad World, The Wonderful 101, Nier: Automata, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Can't wait for their upcoming game Astral Chain, it looks really good. And i’ve heard that Scalebound could be revived. I hope that’s true, that game looked really awesome. - RadioHead03

4 Insomniac Games

Not owned by Sony, but it works closely with them. - Drawbox

They are awesome with their games. They’ve made the first 3 Spyro games, the Rachet & Clank series, the Resistance series, and Spiderman 2018. Insomniac Games are really talented with their games, and they put a lot of effort into them too. - RadioHead03

5 id Software ID Software is a video game developer, founded in February 1, 1991 by John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, Adrian Carmack (Not related to John Carmack), and Jay Wilbur. They made heavy contributions to the video gaming industry, as they are considered the founders of the fps genre, with classic games more.

They are really good with fps games. Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake are really awesome game series. And Rage was pretty cool. They are the kings of fps games. - RadioHead03

6 Rare Rare is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire. The company was established in 1985 by Tim and C hris Stamper, founders of Ultimate Play the Game. During its early years, Rare was backed by an unlimited budget from Nintendo, primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment more.

I miss this company. They’ve made some of the best games of all time. Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Jet Force Gemini, Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong Racing, Blast Corspes, BattleToads, Viva Piñata, and tons of other games. It’s a shame they fallen from grace. Fingers crossed that they improve. - RadioHead03

7 Retro Studios

They are really great with their games. The Metroid Prime games, the Donkey Kong Country games, and Mario Kart 7. All those games are really fun. Retro is really good at making games. Can't wait for Metroid Prime 4. - RadioHead03

8 Santa Monica Studios

They made God Of War, and other fun titles like Kinetica, War Of The Monsters, Downhill Domination, and other titles. - RadioHead03

9 Crystal Dynamics

They saved the Tomb Raider games. They also made the Gex games, the Soul Rever games, and an actually good licensed game, 102 Dalmatians Puppies To The Rescue. Crystal Dynamics are really good with their games, and talented too. - RadioHead03

10 Traveller’s Tales

They’ve made some really good licensed games like Mickey Mania, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Toy Story Racer, and Transformers The Game. Plus Crash Twinsanity was a pretty good Crash game, and Wrath Of Cortex was pretty good. Also famous for their Lego games. Even though their’s too much of them, there’s still some fun ones. I really like Traveller’s Tales, they’re pretty underrated in my opinion. - RadioHead03

The Contenders

11 Heavy Iron Studios Heavy Iron Studios is an American video game developer, based in Los Angeles, California. They were a wholly owned subsidiary of THQ until being spun off as an independent company in May 2009 as part of a cost-cutting move.
12 Sucker Punch Productions

Made Sly Cooper, Infamous, and now Ghost of Tsushima. - Drawbox

13 Obsidian Entertainment Obsidian Entertainment is an American video game developer whose corporate headquarters is located in Irvine, California.
14 From Software
15 HAL Laboratory
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