Ex-The Old Republic Executive Producer Founds New Bethesda-owned Studio

03 Oct 2012

There is not a lot of info on this so far, and it might just end up be something that we won't keep covering, depending on the focus of the studio, but thanks to a tweet from Bethesda's VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines, we learn that Rich Vogel, previously executive producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, has founded his own studio, Battlecry Studios.

The tweet also mentions that it will be part of the Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax family of studios, which includes Arkane, id Software, Tango Gameworks and other studios.

Here's the tweet:
A big, Texas welcome to industry vet Rich Vogel and his new Austin-based studio, Battlecry Studios, on joining the Bethesda family today.

We'll keep you updated when we have more information, as long as this looks like it fits into our RPG-oriented coverage.

And here's the press release:
Bethesda Softworks Opens Battlecry Studios in Austin

Long-time Industry Veteran Rich Vogel to Head Development at New Studio

October 3, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, is pleased to announce it has established a new studio in Austin, Texas, Battlecry Studios, to be headed by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel. Most recently, Vogel worked at Bioware where he served as the executive producer on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Rich has a long history in the industry having worked on Ultima Online, and Star Wars Galaxies as well as other online and console titles during his 20+ years in game development. The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project.

“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games,” said Vogel. “It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating.”

“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”

Battlecry Studios will be the second ZeniMax studio located in Austin, joining Arkane® Studios, whose highly-anticipated title, Dishonored™, ships this month. For more information about Bethesda Softworks and available jobs at Battlecry Studios, visit: http://jobs.zenimax.com/.
 
 

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