ZeniMax Purchases Escalation Studios

Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media has announced its purchase of Escalation Studios, located in Dallas, TX.

Founded in 2007 by industry veterans Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif, Escalation Studios is primarily known for assisting other developers, it recently aided in the development of id Software’s DOOM. Additionally, it also co-developed VR game Please Don’t Touch Anything (it can be played without VR), which released onto PC and Mac back in December of 2016.

According to ZeniMax, Escalation Studios is currently working on a number of projects with studios throughout the ZeniMax family and will continue to contribute its talents across PC, console, mobile, and VR titles going forward. What specifically the newly acquired developer is working on (or with who it is working with), wasn’t divulged. Additionally, details about the purchase — like how much money was involved — were not shared.

ZeniMax now has the following subsidiaries:

  • Bethesda Softworks
    • Bethesda Game Studios
  • ZeniMax Online Studios
  • id Software
  • Arkane Studios
  • Tango Gameworks
  • MachineGames
  • BattleCry Studios

Todd Vaughn, Vice President of Development at Bethesda accompanied the announcement with the following statement:

“We have continually been impressed with the team at Escalation that Tom and Marc have assembled. Their commitment to quality and innovation has made significant contributions to the projects we’ve worked on together, and we’re excited to have them join ZeniMax.”

Marc Tardif, Co-Managing Director of Escalation Studios added:

“ZeniMax’s studios are responsible for some of the most iconic games in our industry. Becoming a part of this amazing family of developers is an honour for everyone at our studio.”

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Tyler Fischer

Tyler Fischer is the Assignments Editor and News Editor at DualShockers. He specializes in writing breaking news, managing assignments, and organization. Born and raised in New York, Tyler studies journalism and public relations at SUNY New Paltz. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, getting lost in game lore, and writing comedy scripts.

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