ZeniMax just brought the DOOM SnapMap team on board

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Escalation Studios joined the ZeniMax Media family today. Escalation was the outsourced team that handled 2016's DOOM SnapMap level editor. Their resume also includes work on NCAA March Madness Live VR, and Please, Don't Touch Anything VR. Not to insinuate they'll be diving straight into VR work for ZeniMax, but I wouldn't rule it out. In fact, Escalation doesn't rule it out either. According to the press release:

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.

This brings ZeniMax's subsidiary count up to eight. The family tree is composed of Bethesda Softworks (Fallout, The Elder Scrolls), ZeniMax Online Studios (The Elder Scrolls Online), id Software (DOOM), Arkane Studios (Dishonored), Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within), MachineGames (Wolfenstein: The New Order), BattleCry Studios (Battlecry), and now Escalation Studios.

ZENIMAX MEDIA ACQUIRES ESCALATION STUDIOS

February 1, 2017 (Rockville, MD) – ZeniMax® Media Inc. – parent company to video game publisher Bethesda Softworks – today announced that it has acquired Escalation Studios, located in Dallas, TX. Founded in 2007 by industry veterans Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif, Escalation’s team has helped build and support some of the biggest franchises in the industry – including id Software’s award-winning first-person shooter, DOOM which launched in 2016.

“We have continually been impressed with the team at Escalation that Tom and Marc have assembled,” said Todd Vaughn, Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “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.”

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.

"ZeniMax Media’s studios are responsible for some of the most iconic games in our industry," said Marc Tardif, Co-Managing Director of Escalation Studios. "Becoming a part of this amazing family of developers is an honor for everyone at our studio."

"We are proud of the incredible team that has helped make Escalation such a success," added Tom Mustaine Co-Managing Director of Escalation Studios. "We can't wait to see what the studio is capable of with the support of such a great company as ZeniMax."

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