Solstice Game Studios is a small independent video game developer based out of Florida that creates games and game servers for the popular Half-Life 2 modification Garry's Mod.
We are the creators of YukiTheater, GModCEFCodecFix, and GMod Cruise Line.
Solstice Game Studios began in 2012 with the creation of YukiTheater, a spiritual successor to the now-defunct GModTheater. It wasn't anime-themed at first, but many of our original members came from the anime niche of GModTheater. At the time, we knew very little in the way of game development, but some players from that group stepped us to lend us a hand with map creation, programming, and more.
There were a lot of quick changes in that year. We had some growth, but the maximum concurrent player count we saw around this time was about 40. We also didn't get very far in the way of programming, only just barely hooking up PlayX with a video request system, and a basic HUD.
At some point during the year, we formed a temporary merger with GCinema, which led to the formal shelving of YukiTheater proper. This led to the creation of YukiGCinema, and with it eventually came an Inventory System, Achievements, and more functionality as the GMod 12 era code for GCinema was recovered and reworked for GMod 13.
In January 2013, after some creative and administrative differences, we chose to split from GCinema, re-launching YukiTheater. A couple of months later, the Cinema gamemode for Garry's Mod was released. It was during this time that the first parts of the Cinema-based YukiTheater gamemode were written, the YukiTheater website was created, and more. This paved the way for where we are today, and was instrumental in the development team learning map creation, programming, modelling, database management, and more.
Fast-forward to 2015 — Our development team and community had grown to the point that we wanted to expand out to projects other than YukiTheater. Another push came for us to expand as Awesomium, the web framework powering everything in Cinema, was becoming more and more out of date. It was becoming uncertain whether or not Cinema would survive without an update to GMod's web framework.
To consolidate everything under one roof, we officially formed Solstice Game Studios, and with it, announced Project Inspiration. Project Inspiration eventually became GMod Cruise Line, a virtual cruise ship social experience for GMod. The idea was to create a fully-functioning cruise ship, with excursions, bars, a cinema, bowling, and more.
TODO: GModCEFCodecFix, Project Olympus, etc