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ZeniMax acquires Arkane Studios

By Matt Martin

Thu 12 Aug 2010 9:48pm GMT / 5:48pm EDT / 2:48pm PDT

Bethesda parent buys Arx Fatalis and BioShock 2 studio

Arkane Studios

At Arkane, our goals are determined by our dreams. Founded in 1999, Arkane has offices in Lyon, France...

Bethesda Softworks

The Bethesda Softworks division, founded in 1986, has a long history of success as a developer and publisher...

ZeniMax Media

Headquartered just north of Washington, D.C., with offices in Europe and Asia, ZeniMax Media is a unique...

Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media has acquired Arx Fatalis developer Arkane Studios.

The announcement was made today at QuakeCon, with Bethesda's Pete Hines saying the studio was working on a new unannounced project.

"We are extremely pleased to join the family of Bethesda and id Software," said Arkane founder Raphael Colantonio, as reported by "I don't know how it could be better."

Founded in 1999, the French developer has worked on Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and most recently, BioShock 2.

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Posted:6 years ago


Charlie Andre-Barrett European Digital Sales Manager, Bethesda Softworks

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Wow Smart move indeed ! Congratulations !

Posted:6 years ago


Justin Jackson

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I personaly enjoyed the system of spell casting in Arx Fatalis. Using Kinect to combine voice and gestural movements, have the player manage spell components... spell casting simulation!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Justin Jackson on 13th August 2010 9:17am

Posted:6 years ago


Miguel Melo Principal Software Engineer/Product Manager

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I am friends with, and possibly the biggest fan of, Raphael. I worked with some 15 years ago and I can say he's a great guy, with a great work ethic. He, and everyone at Arkane, really deserve this confidence and I think ZeniMax will benefit greatly from bagging this great team.

Posted:6 years ago


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