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Background: Raven Software is a game development company founded in 1990 by brothers Brian and Steve Raffel. In 1997 Raven Software entered a venture with Activision and later became its subsidiary. After this, the number of developers went to form Human Head Studios. Activision laid of most of the staff in 2009 and October 2010, because they expected more profit from Raven's products.

1st Logo
(March 20, 1992)Raven Software - CLG Wiki

Nicknames: "The Early Raven", "The Raven Floppy Disk"

Logo: In the opening credits of Black Crypt, we see a stone floppy disk with a lava red orange square frame with a raven inside and we see the words, "raven software" all in a custom font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening of the game.

Availability: Seen on their first game Black Crypt.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo
(1993-1994)Raven Software (1993)

Nicknames: "The Raven", "The Raven Profile"

Logo: On a gray surface, we see new golden 3D logo with a raven profile inside a outlined rectangular shape and "RAVEN" in a corporate font below, with "SOFTWARE" underneath. Even below, "GAME" is written.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on CyClones and Shadowcaster.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo

Raven Software (1996)Raven Software (1997)

Nicknames: "The Raven II", "The Raven Profile II"

Logo: The Raven logo from before, which now this time is in the gold shield and "SOFTWARE" below, all letters are separated by dots.

  • On Necrodome, the logo is encapsulated. Plus, the logo zooms in and emitting light and the words "SOFTWARE" appears below.
  • On Nintendo 64 version of Hexen, the logo (minus "SOFTWARE") is seen on the bottom right with the game's title logo on the top-left.

FX/SFX: None. The light and zooming for the animated variant.

Music/Sounds: None. Deep synth note for the animated variant.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the N64 version of Hexen, the game's opening theme is heard.

Availability: It appears on Hexen and Necrodome. However, it's preserved on Nintendo 64, PlayStation and Saturn versions of former title.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo
(September 30, 1997)
Raven Software (1997)
Nicknames: "The Raven III", "The Raven Profile III"

Logo: The golden Raven logo is wiped from the center out, with a light ripple effect.

FX/SFX: The simple wiping.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Seen on MageSlayer and Take No Prisoners.

Editor's Note: None.

5th LogoRaven Software (2000)

Nicknames: "The Raven IV", "The Raven Profile IV", "The Mechanical Logo"

Logo: We see the metallic environment with doors, which open. The apparatus brings the frame around the doorway, and the red logo zooms from there. Four mechanical arms project from the ceiling and weld the banner with red sparks. Then the lamp light switches above the logo.

FX/SFX: The logo zooms in and being served.

Music/Sounds: Metallic sounds of the doors and welding machines.

Availability: Appeared on Heretic II,Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force, and Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Editor's Note: None.

6th Logo

Nicknames: "The Raven V", "The Raven Profile V"

Logo: The Raven logo appears in a red tint, and there's a bright shining light on the raven's eye. Then the logo fades into the game's title.

FX/SFX: The shine on raven's eye.

Music/Sounds: The game's opening theme.

Availability: Only appears on Soldier of Fortune. However, it's intact on the Dreamcast version.

Editor's Note: None.

7th LogoRaven Software (2002)
(May 20, 2002)

Nicknames: "The Raven VI", "The Raven Profile VI"

Logo: Through the oval windows, the night vision switches on and we zoom to the greenish forest environment, where the Raven logo stands. The raven croaks and instantly the gunshot ends the logo.

FX/SFX: The night vision effects.

Music/Sounds: Night forest sounds with owl and cicadas, then the raven voice immediately followed with gunshot.

Availability: Only seen on Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo

Raven Software (2004)Raven Software (2004)

Nicknames: "The Raven VII", "The Raven Profile VII", "The Flock"

Logo: We see a close-up of a raven eye. The raven lands onto a grass surface under stormy sky, where many other ravens wait, and makes echoed cawing. The picture rapidly pans and zooms out turning into the print version of Raven logo. Then the logo dissolves into myriads of flying ravens which later causes a screen to turn black. A text logo appears, first word "RAVEN" in corporate font, then the word, "SOFTWARE" with each dot in each space of the letter, in a box underneath.

Variant: The intermediate Raven logo appears on the trailers. On the trailer for Quake 4, it was covered with red mist.

FX/SFX: Everything in perfect animation.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of thunder, cawing, ravens flight and two bumps as the final logo fades in.

Availability: Appeared on Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy, Quake 4, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends and its sequel.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo
(May 1, 2009- )

Nicknames: "The Raven VIII", "The Raven Profile VIII"

Logo: In a dark cloudy sky, we see enhanced gray Raven logo. A large flock of ravens fly over and pass the logo. Further animation depends on the game:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: The logo becomes metallic with blue tint, and background darkens. Then Wolverine cuts it with his claws.
  • Wolfenstein: The logo becomes rough green, and skies turn into green space. Then the logo cracks and loses shell, and becomes metallic green with red background under the raven image.
  • Singularity: The logo becomes rusty with enhancements on the outline, then a temporal wave passes and makes it completely free of rust and perfectly metallic. Several lamps on the logo outline begin to flicker.

: Animation in the logo.

: Metallic creak followed by loud cawing and later background sounds depending on the variant. For Wolverine version, there is raging shout.

Availability: Seen on three games listed above.

Editor's Note: None.

10th Logo
(November 4, 2016)

Logo: The logo forms entirely with computer like graphics on a space background. It then pans down for the Activision logo.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Music: The opening theme and some technological sounds.

Availability: Only seen on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Editor's Note: None.

11th Logo
(November 3, 2017)

Logo: The "RAVEN" from the company name fades in and out, zooming in.

FX/SFX: The fade and zoom.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme.

Availability: Only seen on Call of Duty: WWII.

Editor's Note: None.