ZeniMax confirms MachineGames pickup

Bethesda parent company says upstart Swedish studio from founders of Starbreeze is working on AAA game using id Tech 5.

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Last week, Swedish business records revealed that ZeniMax Media had acquired Uppsala-based MachineGames, a fledgling development house started by the founders of Chronicles of Riddick maker Starbreeze Studios. While all parties kept quiet about the acquisition at the time, ZeniMax today officially confirmed its latest pickup. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MachineGames will assemble its first game using id Tech 5.

For its first project, MachineGames will be working on a new "AAA" title using id Tech 5, the game engine behind id Software's upcoming Rage. It will also serve as the technology behind the long-awaited Doom 4.

MachineGames is the latest in a string of notable acquisitions for ZeniMax. This year has already seen the company acquire Arkane Studios and Shinji Mikami's Tango GameWorks to fill out a roster of studios also including Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls maker Bethesda Game Studios, as well as Doom and Quake developer id Software. The company also has an online division currently working on an unnamed massively multiplayer project and recently received $150 million in funding from a private equity company.

Discussion

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edant79
edant79

....sooooo, what are the chances its a new Elder Scrolls?

firehawk998
firehawk998

As someone who enjoyed The Darkness and Chronicles of Riddick I am exicted by this news. Hope to hear from this guys very soon.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

wow.. hope they released for PC, 360 & PS3 platform!! so I don't need hearing fanboy's rant over and over again.. ;)

Neosword
Neosword

@popping4it I know, I was a huge fan of Escape from Butcher Bay and thought Dark Athena was pretty good as well. But it always seems that bigger developers got the new technology first, which is why this baffled me a bit.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

@SolidTy In the game industry "AAA" just refers to a game that a large amount of money is put into.

popping4it
popping4it

@Neosword if youre a talent scout you'll realize that they were always a underrated developer riddick and darkness were very impressive you can tell they were very talented just needed better art direction and marketing and those games could have done very well.

Neosword
Neosword

I wonder how this small developer got to be the first ones to use a new engine as big as that (behind id themselves, of course)