Microsoft takes out the scythe and closes several studios by surprise, including the creators of Redfall and Hi-FI RUSH – Redfall

Microsoft takes out the scythe and closes several studios by surprise, including the creators of Redfall and Hi-FI RUSH – Redfall
Microsoft takes out the scythe and closes several studios by surprise, including the creators of Redfall and Hi-FI RUSH – Redfall

The bad streak of news in the industry continues, this time in Bethesda with the announcement of the closure of Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks

May 7, 2024, 3:55 p.m.

Updated May 7, 2024, 16:00

Alberto Pastor

Content Manager

I was almost born with an NES under my arm and since then, playing has become a passion that has taken me here, to 3DJuegos, where I have been writing for more than 10 years and also serve as editor-in-chief. With more than 20 years of experience in video game journalism, I have been a big Nintendo fan since I was little, but having a PC in the late 90s also made me enjoy graphic adventures like Monkey Island, strategy games like Age of Empires or RPG like Baldur’s Gate. Movie fan, Star Wars mega fan and apprentice pianist, if you talk to me about Grim Fandango and I’ll buy you a beer. LinkedIn

we live dark times in the video game industry, and although unfortunately in recent months we have witnessed numerous restructurings that have taken away hundreds of workers, even then, you are not prepared to receive news like this. Because reportedly, Microsoft has made the decision to close several studios belonging to Bethesda, in an action that can only be described as devastating. And is not for less.

As announced on social networks, Xbox has closed the doors of the team responsible for the failed Redfall, Arkane Austinbut also formidable Prey of 2017. Furthermore, he has decided to put an end to another of his most reputable studies, Tango Gameworkswhich recently surprised us with the amazing Hi Fi Rushbut which also has to its credit the fantastic horror series The Evil Withinor the no less interesting Ghostwire Tokyo.

In an email sent to employees, Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty, has regretted the cuts in order to “an adjustment in the priorities of games and resources.” Below is the statement:

“Today I inform you of the changes we are going to make to our Bethesda and ZeniMax teams. These changes are based on prioritize high-impact games and invest in successful titles and beloved brands from the Bethesda catalog that all of you have cultivated for so many decades. Redoubling our commitment to these franchises and investing in building new ones requires us to focus on identifying opportunities to achieve success. This prioritization of games and resources means that some of our teams will be reassigned to others, and some of our colleagues will have to leave us.” — Statements collected by IGN

They are not the only Xbox studios that disappear

Although Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin are the best-known pieces of this sad news, they are not the only ones to fall. The team behind Mighty Doom, Alpha Dog Studioswill also close its doors soon, while Roundhouse Games will be absorbed by those responsible for the successful The Elder Scrolls Online. Most likely you don’t even know this last entity, but it has history, because it is made up of former Human Head Studios employees who worked on the original Prey and its sequel canceled by Bethesda itself. The team moved forward with a failed Rune 2 that led to its closure… and later takeover of Bethesda’s hands with a new study.

“Bethesda remains one of the key pillars of Xbox thanks to its powerful catalog of games and community”

“Bethesda continues to be one of the key pillars of Xbox thanks to its powerful catalog of incredible games and its great community,” the Microsoft manager wrote to his employees. “Looking to the future, we have an impressive horizon of games ahead of us,” he adds, remembering that this same year 2024 new content will arrive for Starfield, Fallout 76the promising Indiana Jones and the Great Circle or the new chapter of TESOGolden Road.

Some of Bethesda’s most prestigious studies have been saved from this drain, such as the authors of The Elder Scrolls, the fathers of DOOM, the MachineGames team in charge of the latest Wolfenstein or the aforementioned Indiana Jones, or of course, the responsible for the MMORPG. The Elder Scrolls Online.

In 3DGames | Xbox has a double summer event again! Date and time for the live with news about “the next installment of a beloved franchise”

In 3DGames | “Demand is very weak.” Sales of PS5 and Xbox Series X|S do not even satisfy AMD in 2024, which estimates a significant drop for the rest of the year

 
For Latest Updates Follow us on Google News
 

-

PREV This is Google’s plan to end spam calls with artificial intelligence | Techno Doctor | Magazine
NEXT The 36 cell phone models will be left without the app as of June 1, 2024 — Radio Concierto Chile