Background: Beenox is a game development studio founded in 2000 in Quebec, Canada. In 2005, Beenox became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision. However, in 2012, founder Dominique Brown left the company, putting in a state of peril and became more or less support work on Activision's other franchises, though still release a few games here and there.
1st Logo (August 27, 2001-2007) Beenox LogoBeenox ShiftBeenox (2001)
Nickname: "The Droplet Gear"
Logo: On a dark blue background made up of several revolving lines, many blue spheres come raining down the screen, starting out small and rapidly increasing in mass. One of these spheres drops down dead center to the screen and generates plasma inside it, all before dropping to a stable charge. Several metal parts then fly in and cling to the sphere as it spins around, concealing most of it in a blue gear shape. As it finishes up, it zooms out a bit and parts of the word "BeeNOX", in a custom blue font, come in under it and form as the background fades to black.
Variants: A short version exists, and is the most common variant of the normal logo. On some ports, a streak flies in below the text, forming "SHIFT DIVISION" on the bottom. A still version exists, with gradients on the logo instead and has a simplified gear design, as well as an white outline surrounding it.
FX/SFX: The spheres falling, the gear forming. Very solid animation that still holds up to this day.
Music/Sounds: Several whooshes for the spheres falling, the sounds of electric crackling and metal clanging together, all before ending on a loud synth note that's held out until the logo fades out.
Availability: Uncommon. Outside of their first game, they were a publisher of PC ported games, so it can be seen on several titles ported by them. However, others may replace it with the Aspyr logo.
2nd Logo (2007-2009)
Nicknames: "Beenox Man", "The Droplet Gear II"
Logo: On a sky blue background, there is a superhero figure doing various tricks that backfire. At the end, the gear appears once more and the text flips in below.
Variants: Kung Fu Panda: The B-Man is shown standing, then he appears jumping and performing some kung-fu. After this, he make a Chinese bow. Then, he creates the big blue ball of energy and gets blasted away by it. The logo appears on the screen.Beenox Logo Variant Quantum of Solace: The B-man comes and makes some fighting over the red exploder lying down the floor. He stumbles upon the exploder and then takes the disc from his chest (which is a Beenox circle) and throws it to the exploder. Nothing happens, and the man tries the disc with his leg, leading to the explosion and the Beenox logo appears. Monsters Vs. Aliens: We see a blueprint city made of gray blocks. Gigantic B-man comes and pushes the disc on his chest. The disc starts emerging light, and the man tries to roar at us, but the disc breaks off and takes a flight. Finally the disc abducts the B-man and blasts to the screen, forming complete logo. Bee Movie: The B-Man rushes into the screen and raises his hand. He pushes the chest disc and flies into the sky with his rocket sack. Then the man loses control, crashes the earth and slides down. The disc remains and becomes the Beenox logo.
Availability: Rare. The Bee Movie variant appears on said game for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. The other variants appears on said games for PC.
3rd Logo (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Variant) (2009)
Nickname: "Transforming Cell"
Logo: The metallic logo zooms in, collecting itself as the transformer. After ready, the blue circle flashes, making the logo looks regular colors.
FX/SFX: The cell forming.
Music/Sounds: Sound of metallic clatter and then a blast.
Availability: Seen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for PC.
4th Logo (Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Variant) (2009)
Logo: Five colored buttons (green, red, yellow, blue and orange) come down the screen to form the fretboard interface, and many other colored pegs (notes) fall in five rows and eventually explodes into cartoony flames. Then the whole buttons become cyan, as if the player activates the Star Power, and after all, they are replaced by five electric lines (sustained notes) ending on the five circles. The lines merge into one and we see it pulsing with energy, as if the player is using the Whammy Bar. The Beenox disc comes and burns on the line, then placing itself on the screen.
FX/SFX: Fast and vivid action CGI.
Trivia: The logo's music appears as a hidden playable song in the game, which can only be played through the debug menu using a hacked Xbox 360.
Music/Sounds: A crowd cheering, a guitar solo becoming more dramatic for the rest of the logo, ending with the power chord, accompanied by other sound effects, like electricity zapping.
Availability: Seen in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits.
5th Logo (2010)
Logo: The ghostly blue Beenox logo is seen over dark floating mist. The word "BeeNOX" is in different font, and the cog wheel has also changed, containing the full circle inside. Beenox (2010)As the mist flows, the Spider-man's face can be briefly seen inside the circle.
FX/SFX: The mist flowing.
Availability: Seen on Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
6th Logo (2011- ) Beenox Games (2011)
Logo: We zoom through a bunch of working mechanics and cog wheels, until one of them appears inside the screen, and the name appears below with a kind of blue light around.
FX/SFX: The logo proceeding through working gears.
Music/Sounds: Sounds of working wheels.
Availability: Seen on Spider-Man: Edge of Time, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the Wii version of Skylanders: Swap Force.