Obsidian did Neverwinter Nights 2 and though it was a huge resource hog with the graphics turned up, it was a fine game otherwise; not excessively buggy. But I think every other title they have put out, even that last game they put out as Black Isle, Lionheart, has been a buggy mess. It seems to me they just arent getting the amount of time they need to make a polished game but that is still something that is their fault. They need to start roadmapping their development better. I loved Icewind Dale , IWD2 and the Original Fallout Games but I won't touch their games again until it seems like they have had ample dev time. I almost wish they would go back to making games in 2D and just make something stupidly well crafted.
Swedish business records indicate Machinegames is the latest indie developer to be scooped up by Bethesda and id parent company; shop home to several Riddick vets.
ZeniMax media has been on a tear of acquisitions of late, buying up Arx Fatalis creator Arkane Studios in August and Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks last month. Now, according to a Gamasutra report, the Maryland-based media company may have scooped up another studio.
Sparked by Twitter chatter, the report found Swedish business records, which indicated that the indie studio Machineworks has had its named changed to ZeniMax Sweden AB. The name change presumably came from a buyout of the indie shop, which was founded in 2009 by Starbreeze cofounder Magnus Hogdahl and other members of the Chronicles of Riddick development team. According to its bare-bones website, "Machinegames is a developer of exciting AAA titles for next-gen platforms."
As of press time, requests for confirmation of the buyout sent to both ZeniMax and Machinegames had not been answered. However, if true, the purchase would bring even more talent into the ZeniMax fold, which already includes such major names as id Software (Doom 4, Rage) and Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3, the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion). 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.
@mysticstryk I didn't know Obsidan made new vegas I thought Bethesda did inwhich explains soo much! I don't know what it is with Obsidan but they just can't seem to finish projects very well. I can't remember a time when I played a title that they produced that was solid at launch time. Hopefully one day they will get their act together...
@BlackBaldwin Obsidian made New Vegas. Thats why the quality was less. So far ZeniMax is proving to be a great publisher. It has always been big, so don't worry about another EA. ZeniMax really seems to let their developers do things the way they want to do it. You don't see that too often these days.
Starbreeze.com news: 2010-11-05 Starbreeze is Expanding Starbreeze is looking for additional talent. These new positions are needed to strengthen us for the future and secure our current and coming projects. cool, Riddick games were great but i'm looking for something new and thrilling
"ok so they have the devs... please make a new engine already and elder scrolls 5... doom 4 too, dont recycle the cheezy elder scrolls 4 engine anymore!" *Points Bangerman at id software and points to the engine they're using.* They're one step ahead of you, my friend.
Do I smell another EA and Activison arising.... Little early to tell but big business usually equals so so quality games... Look at the difference between Fallout 3 and New Vegas... Yea enough said..
Southern USA, East Asia, and now Scandinavia. ZeniMax are taking over the gaming world. They only need a British studio before they have all the greatest gaming reigons combined in one space. When they bought Tango I said I was looking forward to seeing their plan unfold. Im predicting a GB studio, and then we should look forward to seeing some very well thought out games.
ok so they have the devs... please make a new engine already and elder scrolls 5... doom 4 too, dont recycle the cheezy elder scrolls 4 engine anymore! :P
This is a bad thing. ZeniMax is showing signs of mass acquiring development studios. Some of you may be too young to remember, but when EA did this back in the day, it damaged the industry and set it back for a few years. A lot of good studios ended up dying because of it. I also do not trust ZeniMax what so ever. They took Bethesda by force, using underhand means to kick out its founder and steal the company. The man behind ZeniMax right now is a lawyer who has been indited many times for bad business practices as well as a case involving bank fraud. The last thing I want to see is this guy getting up there with Activision's corrupt CEO. Its bad for the industry as a whole.
Looks like Zenimax has something big planned for the future. All these aquisitions in such a small time frame... has me intrigued
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