Pretty Sweeede: MachineGames joins ZeniMax


Ja, we have big news! Sweden-based MachineGames, established by founders of Starbreeze Studios (known best for The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness), are the latest developers to join ZeniMax.

So what’s the team working on? We can’t lift the curtain yet, but we can say that they’re working on a project using id Tech 5: the same engine being used for RAGE.

For more on the news, check out our press release below.


MachineGames Established by Starbreeze Founders to Develop
Multi-Platform Titles for Bethesda Softworks

Creators of High-Scoring “Chronicles of Riddick” Game will Use id Tech® 5

November 11, 2010 (Rockville, MD) – ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has acquired a European development studio, MachineGames™,  based in Uppsala, Sweden.

Established in 2009 by the founding members of Starbreeze Studios, the creative team behind the award-winning title, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher’s Bay (Metacritic score: 90) and the highly-regarded game, The Darkness, MachineGames is working on an unannounced project for ZeniMax publishing subsidiary, Bethesda Softworks, that is being built on id Software’s revolutionary id Tech® 5 engine technology.

Jerk Gustafsson, the studio’s CEO who will also oversee development as Executive Producer, expressed his studio’s enthusiasm at joining ZeniMax by saying, “Working with our new colleagues at id and the world class publisher, Bethesda Softworks, is a tremendous opportunity.”

“MachineGames has assembled a dedicated team that has extensive experience working together to produce quality games. We are excited to create a new AAA title for gamers on id Tech 5 that will push the game development envelope,” Gustafsson continued.

MachineGames joins a group of high-profile development studios which includes Bethesda Game Studios®, id® Software, Arkane® Studios and Tango Gameworks™. This deal reinforces Bethesda’s commitment to delivering premier titles to gamers worldwide.

“MachineGames shares our passion for creating ground-breaking gaming experiences,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “We are excited to have these accomplished industry veterans join ZeniMax Media’s group of world-class studios.”

About ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media is a preeminent media organization which has brought together a team of world class game developers, artists and designers, programmers, producers, and leading executives and talent from traditional media.  ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Vir2L Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K. and ZeniMax Online Studios.   For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles from some of the world’s top development studios – Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, and Arkane Studios – are featured under the Bethesda Softworks label and include such blockbuster franchises as DOOM®, QUAKE®, The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein® and RAGE™. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit

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Reader Comments

  1. MachineGames won’t have to use the same tech support department that Bethesda does, will it? Will ZeniMax be acquiring a new technical support team at some point to replace Bethesda’s team?

  2. i’d love to see the next Fallout (and The Elder Scroll, too, sure) leave Gamebryo behind and saddle up to the id Tech bar! Gamebryo is an impressive engine, but it is clearly no longer industry leading, nor does it leverage contemporary technologies.

  3. While I’m glad to hear anything that helps Zenimax keep on Juggernaughting the gaming world; it is very discouraging for all this press about the recent buyouts, with no information on why, how or for what purpose.

    Here we read all about Zenimax affiliated companies, but next to nothing about Bethesda and their activities.

    It’s beyond the fan tension point.