ZeniMax acquires ex-Starbreeze Studios game devs

ZeniMax Media, the parent company of games publisher Bethesda Softworks, has just announced that it has acquired Swedish game developer, MachineGames.

MachineGames was founded in 2009 by former members of Starbreeze Studios, the team behind The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness, both which met positive reception from critics. Currently the studio is working on an as yet unannounced title to be published by Bethesda that is being built on id Software’s id Tech 5 engine technology.

Jerk Gustafsson, the studio’s CEO who will also oversee development as Executive Producer, expressed his studio’s enthusiasm at joining ZeniMax by saying, “Working with our new colleagues at id and the world class publisher, Bethesda Softworks, is a tremendous opportunity.”

“MachineGames has assembled a dedicated team that has extensive experience working together to produce quality games. We are excited to create a new AAA title for gamers on id Tech 5 that will push the game development envelope.”

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