It looks like Bethesda’s expansion continues! They have begun a new studio in Austin, Texas, called Battlecry Studios. The dev lab will be working on a new, unannounced project, likely an MMO given the appointment of Rich Vogel as the studio’s head. Vogel has worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. With Bethesda’s recent re-capture of the rights to make a Fallout MMO, is that what we’re likely to see out of the new studio? I think so.
Full press release below:
October 4, 2012 (London, UK) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, is pleased to announce it has established a new studio in Austin, Texas, Battlecry Studios, to be headed by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel. Most recently, Vogel worked at Bioware where he served as the executive producer on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Rich has a long history in the industry having worked on Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies as well as other online and console titles during his 20+ years in game development. The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project.
“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games,” said Vogel. “It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating.”
“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”
Battlecry Studios will be the second ZeniMax studio located in Austin, joining Arkane® Studios, whose highly-anticipated title, Dishonored™, ships this month. For more information about Bethesda Softworks and available jobs at Battlecry Studios, visit:http://jobs.zenimax.com/.