Bethesda and Doom creators become sister companies

ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, today announced that they have recently acquired Escalation Studios. The team, based in Dallas, Texas in the US, was originally founded in 2007 by Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif, two top names in the industry. Since then, the studio has helped build and support some big companies, including working on ID Softwares award-winning Doom reboot which launched last year. Todd Vaughn, Vice President of Development at Bethesda, said:

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.”

Bethesda is easily one of the best studios in the world at the moment, releasing games such as Dishonored, The Evil Within and of course the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. Marc Tardif and  Tom Mustaine, Co-Managing Directors of Escalation Studios are very excited about what this partnership could do for their company and is excited about the prospects for the future. According to Marc:

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.

 Tom shared his sentiment:

We are proud of the incredible team that has helped make Escalation such a success. We can’t wait to see what the studio is capable of with the support of such a great company as ZeniMax.

Escalation is set to continue several projects it already has running with ZeniMax subsidiaries including a lineup of PC VR and mobile projects.

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Michael Oerder
Assassin, Warrior, High Mage, lord of all he surveys and pathological liar. Grew up playing arcade games on my dad’s work laptop with my older brother, and always being relegated to player 2. Spent most of my childhood sorting through my Pokémon cards and playing RPGs, although I feel cheated because I still have never played any Legend of Zelda games. Only recently got an internet line able to play online games, and the world hasn’t seen more than my avatar since. Also I try get some work done at university where I am doing my masters in medicinal chemistry.