Brian Reynolds, a founding member of Firaxis Games (along with others), left Firaxis to found a new company based on their desire to apply the complexity and concepts of the turn-based strategy genre to the real-time strategy genre.
On January 15, 2008, worldwide video game developer, THQ acquired the developer.
On March 18, 2009, THQ announced that due to declining economic conditions, it would close Big Huge Games unless an outside buyer could be found in the next 60 days. Fortunately, on May 27, 2009, 38 Studios announced that they were acquiring Big Huge Games and retaining 70 employees out of approximately 120 who were at THQ.
38 Studios officially ceased operations on May 24, 2012 when the company laid-off all its remaining employees. Due to issues with the loan from the state of Rhode Island's Economic Development Corporation, the state seized all of 38 Studios' assets, including the rights to Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends. 38 Studios' assets were then auctioned off by Rhode Island in December 2013. Microsoft Studios acquired the rights to Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends at this auction.
- 2003 - Rise of Nations
- 2004 - Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots (Expansion)
- 2006 - Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
- 2007 - Catan
- 2007 - Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (Expansion)