13 Aug

Continuing its acquisition of high-class game studios (with Bethesda Softworks and id Software already under their payroll), Zenimax Media acquired Arx Fatalis developer Arkane Studios. The founder and CEO of the the company, Raphael Colantino, will serve as the studio’s president after the transition. The company, having collaborated with several projects like Bioshock 2 in the past, is already at work on an unannounced project in collaboration with Bethesda.

“This is an exciting moment for Arkane. After 11 years of independent development, we couldn’t think of a better publishing partner,” said Colantonio. “We share so many creative values. Joining the ZeniMax family will allow us to grow stronger while staying true to the games we love.”

“We are very pleased to be able to bring another experienced, high quality developer like Arkane to the ZeniMax group of studios,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “Raphael and his talented team have earned a reputation for creating immersive, innovative games which enhances our ability to deliver AAA quality games to our many fans.”