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Escalation Studios joins Bethesda's developer portfolio

Escalation Studios joins Bethesda's developer portfolio

ZeniMax-owned developer Escalation Studios has joined... Zenimax-owned Bethesda Game Studios.

The Dallas-based developer joined having contributed work to the VR versions of Skyrim, Fallout 4 and Doom, as well as the Nintendo Switch port of Fallout Shelter.

The firm was founded back in 2007 before being bought by Bethesda parent company ZeniMax in 2016. It will be contributing to Fallout 76 and Starfield.

“We’ve been working with Tom [Mustaine], Marc [Tardiff], and the team at Escalation for a long time. They’ve already delivered amazing games with us, and we knew we could do even bigger things together,” Bethesda Game Studios director and executive producer Todd Howard said.

“It’s an incredible team in Dallas and they’re already contributing to key parts of Fallout 76 and Starfield™.”

One of Escalation's two founders Mustaine added: “This is an exciting time for everyone at the studio. We feel a profound sense of pride and excitement to work on the most anticipated games in the industry, and we can’t wait for fans to see what we’ve been working on.”

This isn't the first time a studio Bethesda already kind-of owned joined its portfolio. BattleCry Studios - again owned by ZeniMax - joined Bethesda's line-up in March, rebranded as Bethesda Austin.

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