Bethesda Opens New Dev Studio – Roundhouse Studios
It’s a pretty remarkable last few days for Human Head Studios, who released Rune II yesterday and then shut down their studio, only to announce everyone from it had been hired to form Roadhouse Studios under Bethesda Softworks.
The team has immediately begun work on new projects, though nothing has been announced yet. As Human Head Studios, they were best known as the developers of the original Prey and Rune, as well as the just-released sequel Rune II. There’s no word on what the future of Rune II is, and whether or not it’ll see any post-release support.
Here’s the press release:
Team from Human Head Studios Joins Bethesda
Nov. 13, 2019 – (ROCKVILLE, Md.) – Bethesda Softworks has opened a new development studio, Roundhouse Studios, in Madison, Wis. Staffed by the team from the recently closed Human Head Studios, Roundhouse Studios will immediately begin work on unannounced projects at Bethesda.
“Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors, which was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled,” said Chris Rhinehart, Creative Director, Roundhouse Studios. “We reached out to our friends at Bethesda for help, and they saw that same creativity and passion in our team. With the formation of Roundhouse Studios, Bethesda offered every employee of Human Head a position at the new company. We are excited our team will remain together, pursuing the work we love, as part of a company we already know and admire.”
The developers at Roundhouse Studios represent more than two decades working together on a variety of games and genres, including RPGs, shooters, action-adventure games, and more. The original developers of Prey, the team is well known for developing titles like Dead Man’s Hand, Rune and Rune II, and Lost Within, and contributing to blockbuster releases like Batman: Arkham Origins and BioShock Infinite.
“While sorry to hear of their challenges as Human Head Studios, we were excited by the opportunity to bring under the Bethesda umbrella this talented, established development team,” said Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family.”
Roundhouse Studios is the second development team to join Bethesda in the last month, following the recent acquisition of Alpha Dog Games, a mobile-games studio based in Nova Scotia, Canada.