Cloud Imperium Games Ltd.

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The Cloud Imperium and Cloud Imperium Games Ltd logo

Cloud Imperium Games is a subsidiary of Cloud Imperium with offices in Manchester (UK), Derby (Derbyshire, UK) and Frankfurt, Germany. It is responsible for developing the single-player game Squadron 42 set in the Star Citizen universe as well as expanding and improving the game engine, facial pipeline and the cinematic experience in Squadron 42 amongst other things.


Cloud Imperium Games Ltd. was originally founded on 2013-09-24 as 'Foundry 42 Ltd.' and opened its first office in Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK around January 2014. Additional studios were opened in Frankfurt, Germany in July 2015 and Derby, UK in March 2017[1][2][3].

Foundry 42 later rebranded to 'Cloud Imperium Games Ltd.' on 2019-03-06 for better brand unification[4][5]

In 2022 Cloud Imperium Games opened a new lead studio in Manchester, moving from the offices in Wilmslow. The new office will accommodate up to 1000 employees.[6] In early 2024, a relocation of staff to the Manchester studio takes place.[7]


Cloud Imperium Games have the following offices (a rough list of specialist teams is provided where possible)

The CIG Manchester Studio


  • Manchester:[8] Graphics (low-level), UI, Audio, Ships (especially those needed for Squadron 42), Environment (Level Design), Props, Marketing, Support
  • Derby: Facial Pipeline



The Foundry 42 Logo
  • It was initially named Foundry 42 due to focusing on the development of Squadron 42 and because Cloud Imperium Games UK already existed at the time.[11]


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