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Certain Affinity

Certain Affinity
Type Video game developer
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded 2006
Headquarters Austin, Texas, U.S.
Key people Max Hoberman (president)
Paul Isaac (engineering lead)
Phil Wattenbarger (production lead)
Products Video games
Employees 95+[1]

Certain Affinity is an American video game development studio based in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 2006 by Max Hoberman and a small number of other ex-Bungie employees and other industry veterans.


Certain Affinity's creation was announced in December 2006. The studio was founded by ex-Bungie employee Max Hoberman. In addition to staff from Bungie, it also includes ex-members of companies such as Microsoft, Red Storm, Origin, Electronic Arts, Digital Anvil, NCSoft, and the now-defunct Midway Austin.[2]

The studio's first work was in creating two additional multiplayer levels for the popular Xbox game Halo 2. These maps, called "Tombstone" and "Desolation" (which comprised the "Blastacular Map Pack") were the last Halo 2 maps to be released; they are remakes of levels form the original Halo, called "Hang 'Em High" and "Derelict" respectively.[3] They were released for Halo 2 on the Xbox Live on April 17, 2007. These maps were not released for Halo 2 Vista, but were replaced with two new maps exclusive to Halo 2 Vista: "District" and "Uplift". Certain Affinity worked closely with members of Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios during the development of these two maps.

Certain Affinity started working on another project in November 2006, which was revealed to be an unannounced original IP game in the action role-playing game genre.[4] The game's title, platform, and release date have not yet been announced. However, Certain Affinity stated in a interview that it had "spoken with most of the major publishers and there’s serious interest, so our goal is to continue self-funding the company until we're ready to sign a publishing deal and move everyone full time onto this project."

Certain Affinity's first original game was Age of Booty, a downloadable real-time strategy game released on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The title was published by Capcom on October 15, 2008.[5][6]

Certain Affinity created Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer maps for the retail release as well as maps for the 2nd downloadable map pack.

The company helped Valve port Left 4 Dead to the Xbox 360.[7]

In 2009, the company announced the completion of Halo Waypoint, developed in conjunction with 343 Industries.[8]

In 2010, Certain Affinity collaborated on maps and game modes with Treyarch and Activision for Call of Duty: Black Ops and First Strike Map Pack 1.

The company worked on the "Defiant Map Pack" for Halo: Reach, released on March 15, 2011.[9]

The company announced its new game, due to release in summer 2011, called Crimson Alliance, at RTX 2011.[10][11]

Certain Affinity also partnered with 343 Industries again for the development of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which was released exclusively for Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011.[8]

At RTX 2012, Certain Affinity announced that the studio was working with 343 Industries again on developing the Forge map-making tools for [12]


Title Additional Information Year Platform
Halo 2 Multiplayer DLC (Blastacular Map Pack) 2007 Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Age of Booty 2008 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Call of Duty: World at War Multiplayer and Multiplayer DLC 2008 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Left 4 Dead Assisting development 2008 Xbox 360
Halo Waypoint Co-developed with 343i 2009 Xbox 360
Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer DLC 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Halo Reach Multiplayer DLC (Defiant Map Pack) 2011 Xbox 360
Crimson Alliance 2011 Xbox Live Arcade
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Co-developed with 343i 2011 Xbox 360
Halo 4 Co-developed with 343i 2012 Xbox 360
Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer and Multiplayer DLC 2013 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Multiplayer 2014 Xbox One


  1. ^ "Certain Affinity number of employees". 
  2. ^ "Certain Affinity about page". 
  3. ^ "Certain affinity Maps revealed". 
  4. ^ "Mapmakers to the Stars". 
  5. ^ Faylor, Chris (2008-03-04). "Certain Affinity Making Pimps at Sea, Sorta".  
  6. ^ Age of Booty Release Date
  7. ^ Cat Outta The Bag
  8. ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (September 11, 2012). "Meet Certain Affinity, the Halo 4 Developer You've Never Heard Of". Eurogamer. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack Announced!
  10. ^ Crimson Alliance Announced
  11. ^ Current website for Crimson Alliance
  12. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (2012-07-08). "Halo 4's Forge Mode Developed By Certain Affinity".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Bungie – Meet Certain Affinity!
  • Bungie – Halo 2 Maps Revealed!
  • Bungie – A Certain Affinity: Mapmakers to the Stars
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