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ZeniMax acquires Arkane Studios

Bethesda parent buys Arx Fatalis and BioShock 2 studio

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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Charlie Andre-Barrett European Digital Sales Manager, Bethesda Softworks11 years ago
Wow Smart move indeed ! Congratulations !
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Justin Jackson11 years ago
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

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Miguel Melo Principal Software Engineer/Product Manager 11 years ago
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.
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