Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami joins Bethesda at ZeniMax

Resident Evil and Vanquish creator Shinji Mikami's studio, Tango Gameworks, announced today that it has been acquired by Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, and will now develop games published under the Bethesda label.

“It’s refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort,” said Mikami in a statement. “The library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself. We are very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made.”

Despite having his name on several high profile games like Vanquish and Grasshopper's upcoming Shadows of the Damned, Mikami has been busy forming Tango and beginning work on the studio's first game, which isn't due for another three years. Mikami will remain in charge of the Tokyo-based studio.

Eagle-eyed followers of Mikami's tweets may have seen this coming. According to his feed, he traveled to Washington DC on a business trip in August. Bethesda is based in DC... in case you didn't infer that.

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  • Cleanser247 - October 29, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    I am really excited for Elder Scrolls V! Hopefully they mention it at Bethesda soon :D
  • batmanboy11 - October 28, 2010 11:34 p.m.

  • NightCrawler_358 - October 28, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Elder Scrolls V, featuring... CHRIS REDFIELD!?
  • n00b - October 28, 2010 9 p.m.

    so whats gonna happen to platnium? well i guess hedeki kamiya's still there kind of a shame, clover/platinum 's been my favorite developer for a while now
  • oryandymackie - October 28, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    I want a new Elder Scrolls. Now, preferably.
  • TNK2 - October 28, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    @510BrotherPanda I had the same question.
  • Clovin64 - October 28, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Funny enough, I just finished Vanquish about 10 minuites ago. Shinji Mikami can surely do no wrong.
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - October 28, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    I certainly hope whatever he works on, he can fix the 3rd person animations that Bethesda is TERRIBLE with. I also hope this doesn't end Platinum's awesome creative streak.
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 28, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    So is Platinum's people going their separate ways? What's going on?

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