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Sir-Tech Software was an American video game developer and publisher, best known for the classic Role-Playing Game series Wizardry and Jagged Alliance. It was founded in 1979 by Norman Sirotek, Robert Sirotek, and Robert Woodheadnote  as "Sirotech Software", before being renamed to its better-known spelling in 1981. For more information on the origins of Sir-Tech, see this report and this interview.

With the release of the original Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981), Sir-Tech became one of the founding fathers of the still-nascent Western RPG genre, rivaled only by Origin Systems in the next two decades. Like Origin, however, Sir-Tech fell victim to the mid-90s WRPG crisis. Despite ramping up its publishing business in its final years (it was at this point that they discovered Madlab Software's Jagged Alliance), the US branch was unable to support itself and closed its doors in 1998. Sir-Tech Canada remained operational long enough to produce a JA sequel in 1999 and to wrap up Wizardry in 2001, but they, too, had to shut down for good in 2003.

Games developed and/or published by Sir-Tech:

  • Galactic Attack (1980), as Sirotech Software
  • Wizardry:
    • Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981)
    • Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds (1982)
    • Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn (1983)
    • Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna (1987)
    • Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (1988)
    • Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge (1990)
    • Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant (1992). Also re-released as Wizardry Gold in 1996.
    • Wizardry 8 (2001)
  • Crypt of Medea (1984)
  • Rescue Raiders (1984)
  • Deep Space: Operation Copernicus (1986)
  • The Usurper: The Mines of Qyntarr (1989)
  • Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs (1990)
  • Realms of Arkania:
    • Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (1993). Publisher in the US; developed by Attic Entertainment Software.
    • Realms of Arkania: Star Trail (1994), by Attic Entertainment Software
    • Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva (1997)
  • Jagged Alliance (1994). Publisher; developed by Madlab Software.
    • Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games (1996), as developer and publisher
  • Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure (1996)
  • Fable (1996). Publisher; originally developed by Simbiosis Interactive. No relation to Peter Molyneux's Fable series.
  • Armed & Delirious (1997). Publisher; developed by Makh Shevet Games.
  • Excalibur 2555 A.D (1997). Publisher; developed by Fish (UK) Ltd.
  • Virus: The Game (1997). Publisher; developed Kidum Multimedia Ltd.
  • Jagged Alliance 2 (1999). Developed by Sir-Tech Canada, published by TalonSoft.
    • Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business (2000)

Alternative Title(s): Sirtech Canada