Bethesda Snaps Up Another Developer, Arkane Studios

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Bethesda Softworks' Pete Hines just revealed at QuakeCon 2010 that its parent company Zenimax Media has welcomed another developer into its fold. Zenimax, which acquired Quake developer id Software last year, is also the new home of Arkane Studios.

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Arkane Studios may be best known for its role-playing game Arx Fatalis, its level design contributions to BioShock 2 and its work on Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. The Lyon, France-based studio also worked on a game known as The Crossing for Valve, which was put on hold after Arkane experienced an "unexpected financial challenge."

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So what is Arkane working on now? Bethesda and Arkane's Raphael Colantonio wouldn't say, other than that it's "unannounced."

Arkane Studios also has an Austin, Texas based studio, which is reportedly working on an "immersive first-person RPG" and an iPhone casual strategy title.

Bethesda currently has Brink, Rage, Hunted: The Demon's Forge and Fallout New Vegas in development.

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Bleh. "First person RPG" and "immersive" are like oil and water in my opinion. There's nothing LESS immersive than playing as a character who isn't even a character.

Hopefully they won't use Bethesda's HORRIBLE Elder Scrolls engine to make it. That thing was showing its age back when Oblivion was still new, haha...