Posted on November 11, 2010, Phil Owen ZeniMax Buys Studio Created by Starbreeze Founders
Last year, a bunch of folks at Starbreeze quit and founded a new studio, MachineGames. Today, ZeniMax announced that they bought the fledgling studio and now has them working on a new AAA game on id Tech 5 (which you’ll also see in action on Rage and Doom 4). This is big for MachineGames because ZeniMax has a bunch of money they can throw at them (Zeni also owns id and Bethesda), and it’s big for ZeniMax because it means they’re one step closer to being considered “one of the big boy publishers.” And it’s good for us because those Starbreeze guys made some great games (talking about Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness). And I like that they’ll keep making major releases, because the shooter/RPG meld, which they like so much, is always something we could use more of.