Doom helpers Escalation Studios join ZeniMax

Don't let Alec near SnapMap.

ZeniMax Media have bought Escalation Studios, the texan mob who most recently chipped in on the cracking new Doom. Escalation join a lineup which includes, among others, the Elder Scrolls and Fallout mob of Bethesda, the Dishonored devs Arkane, the Doomlords and Quakers at id Software, nu-Wolfenstein gang MachineGames, Evil Within devs crew Tango Gameworks, and- strewth, that’s quite a stable! ZeniMax don’t mention any particular projects but coo, I wonder what they’re up to.

Escalation have made a fair few mobile games, including mobile VR games, but they’ve also worked on stuff like Doom and Rage. Escalation co-founder Tom Mustaine previously co-founded Ritual Entertainment, the studio behind Sin and Star Trek: Elite Force II, so first-person face-shooting is in their guts. Their nuDoom work focused on SnapMap, its editor.

ZeniMax don’t say how much they paid but that’s hardly civil conversation now, is it?

“Their commitment to quality and innovation has made significant contributions to the projects we’ve worked on together, and we’re excited to have them join ZeniMax,” Todd Vaughn, Bethesda’s vice president of development, said in today’s announcement.

ZeniMax say that Escalation “is currently working on a number of projects with studios throughout the ZeniMax family and will continue to contribute its talents across PC, console, mobile and VR titles going forward.” Mysterious!


  1. Derpkovsky says:

    So I guess ZeniMax won that lawsuit against Facebook? It would be an explanation as to where they get the money from to buy another studio.

    • Sakkura says:

      They have plenty of money already.

      It’s pretty bad when a company can simultaneously claim, in a $6 billion lawsuit, that they solely invented VR 4+ years ago, and be buying up VR developers to catch up with the rest of the world.

      Guess that’s what you get from a corporation founded by a rich lawyer.

      There hasn’t been a verdict in the lawsuit yet, BTW.

      • Sakkura says:

        Verdict in. Split decision, sort of. $500 million damages.

        (that’s why lawsuits ask for obscene amounts, to set the context for a final verdict or settlement)

  2. Snowskeeper says:

    Can we call New Doom Nyoom, please?

  3. Turkey says:

    So, Zenimax is turning into a more corporate version of Valve from 6-7 years ago. At least their putting their ES cash-cow money to good use, unlike other publishers.

  4. The Sombrero Kid says:

    The Studio responsible for the abysmal multiplayer, why?

    EDIT: My bad, got them mixed up with Certain Affinity.

  5. Merus says:

    ZeniMax have a habit of starting payment disputes with studios they work with so they can pick them up for a song when they’re broke and desperate. So this isn’t necessarily good news.

  6. Killerspinach says:

    That escalated quickly