You might know them from their work developing the PC version of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, or perhaps from their earlier work – including 2002’s Arx Fatalis. Since then, Arkane have collaborated on a bunch of high-profile projects, including BioShock 2, and an as-yet-unannounced title with Bethesda Softworks.
Arkane founder and CEO Raphael Colantonio will stay with the company, serving as the developer’s president. He’s a bit chuffed with the arrangement:
“This is an exciting moment for Arkane. After 11 years of independent development, we couldn’t think of a better publishing partner. We share so many creative values. Joining the ZeniMax family will allow us to grow stronger while staying true to the games we love.”
According to Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, the deal will help strengthen their commitment to delivering premier titles worldwide.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring another experienced, high quality developer like Arkane to the ZeniMax group of studios. Raphael and his talented team have earned a reputation for creating immersive, innovative games which enhances our ability to deliver AAA quality games to our many fans.”
Fingers crossed that this new happy partnership will result in a new happy game – although with a pedigree like the one they have, I don’t know that the upcoming untitled project really needs much help.