Bethesda And ZeniMax Studios Hire Arkane Austin Developers After Studio Closure

The studio closure resulted in 96 devs being sacked.

Story Highlights

  • As per a new report, multiple devs from the closed Arkane Austin studio have already been hired.
  • Bethesda Game Studios and ZeniMax Online Studios stepped in to secure the laid-off devs.
  • The exact number of hired devs is unknown for now, but it is a win-win situation for everyone.

Arkane Austin was the latest Microsoft studio to meet its end. The whole team of 96 devs was laid off amid a wave of tech downsizing, with the firm losing one of its most talented first-party studios. As pointed out by Klobrille on Twitter, the devs were the most affected by the recent fiasco. But as it turns out, multiple of them from the now-closed Arkane branch have moved to Bethesda Game Studios and ZeniMax Online Studios.

It appears that many of the laid off Arkane Austin developers have been resuced by Bethesda and ZeniMax | Image Source: Twitter
It appears that many of the laid-off Arkane Austin developers have been rescued by Bethesda and ZeniMax | Image Source: Twitter

Multiple Bethesda and ZeniMax studios were allegedly swift to hire a significant number of devs. Typically, it becomes quite a chore for the laid-off developers to find new studios to work for, but these were some lucky individuals who were quickly absorbed into other teams. Bethesda and ZeniMax studios will likely utilize their talents to further boost their output and quality in the gaming industry.

Despite Recent Track Record, Arkane Austin Boasted A Good Roster

Arkane Austin is behind some of the most fun and popular franchises in the industry. The team is mostly remembered for their contribution to the Dishonored series, but my personal favorite was none other than Prey. Unfortunately, Redfall, touted to be the first major first-party Xbox release in a while, ended up flopping hard. 

Redfall by Arkane Austin was anticipated by many, only to fall short of everyone's expectations | Image Source: Steam
Redfall by Arkane Austin was anticipated by many, only to fall short of everyone’s expectations | Image Source: Steam

Similar Reads:

It’s worth mentioning that the exact number of devs that were hired is still unknown. Regardless, the devs that were chosen will likely use their talents to support and work on new projects within the new studios. In short, it is a win-win situation for everyone.

Did you find this helpful? Leave feedback below.

Thanks! Do share your feedback with us. ⚡

How can we make this post better? Your help would be appreciated. ✍

Subscribe to our newsletter and get up-to-speed gaming updates delivered to your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read more in our privacy policy.


Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

Experience: 4+ Years || Education: Bachelor in Computer Science.

Related Articles

Join Our Community

Enjoyed this article? Discuss the latest gaming news, get expert help with guides and errors, and chat about all things gaming on eXputer Forums and Discord Server. Connect with fellow gamers who share your passion by becoming a part of eXputer's community.