June 30, 2022

Prey Developers Shut Down, Get Acquired by Bethesda

Human Head – the developers of Prey, Rune, and The Quiet Man – shuttered its doors recently. The developers, based in Madison, Wisconsin, had operated for 22 years. The team had also helped work on Batman: Arkham Origins and Bioshock Infinite.

Bethesda Softworks shortly thereafter swooped in, picking up the employees of Human Head. Now, the team has become part of a new developer called Roundhouse Studios. The team even gets to remain in their Wisconsin offices.

Roundhouse Studios weren’t wasting any time lamenting their transition, however. The studio is said to “immediately begin work on unannounced projects at Bethesda”. That is according to Bethesda themselves.

Creative Director at Roundhouse Studios, Chris Rhinehart, mentioned in a press release;

“Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors, which was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled.”

“We reached out to our friends at Bethesda for help, and they saw that same creativity and passion in our team. With the formation of Roundhouse Studios, Bethesda offered every employee of Human Head a position at the new company. We are excited our team will remain together, pursuing the work we love, as part of a company we already know and admire”.

Bethesda Being Benevolent (For Once)

The (former) Human Head and Bethesda partnership is nothing new, however. The two studios previously worked on Prey 2, a cancelled sequel to 2006 FPS Prey.

Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda spoke about Human Head’s shuttering;

“While sorry to hear of their challenges as Human Head Studios, we were excited by the opportunity to bring under the Bethesda umbrella this talented, established development team.”

“We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family”.

This is the second studio that Bethesda has acquired in as many months. Back in October, Bethesda also acquired Alpha Dog, a mobile game developer.


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