Boom: Zenimax buys Tango and Shinji Mikami

Thursday, 28th October 2010 12:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Zenimax just confirmed it’s bought Tango Gameworks and, with it, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

“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.

“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.”

The studio, based in Tokyo, will stay under Mikami’s direction.

“Shinji Mikami has earned a stellar reputation as one of the industry’s finest game developers,” said Zenimax chief Robert Altman.

“He has repeatedly created hit titles that have earned praise from fans and critics around the world. We share his vision for innovative, genre-defining games and look forward to working with Shinji and his team at Tango.”

Nothing was mentioned in the press release of any specific dev project. Mikami’s most recent title is Sega shooter Vanquish, developed at Platinum.

The move is the latest in a string of high profile buys for Zenimax, which include id Software and Arkane Studios.



  1. Blerk

    Blimey. You know when you’ve been Tangoed.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    Good stuff, I’m glad to see the talent does still rise to the top.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mescalineeyes

    Does Zenimax have some sort of money-well?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. LePlatypus

    Zenimax really are becoming big

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Beware the Zenimax, your town could be next!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    That is a seriously great buy for Bethesda.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    ZeniMax are well on their way to joining the ranks of the super-pubs.

    It’s only a matter of time before we see yearly updates and shitty games put out “because we can”.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. pukem0n

    how does that render the chances for a Vanquish sequel? is mikami still aloud to work with SEGA?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Psychotech

    does this mean Mikami has left Platinum?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    This should be interesting.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    I don’t understand where Zenimax get so much money… Not much releases from them.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Aimless

    @12 They get money from outside investors, like these guys.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. freedoms_stain

    If you look at the (scant) news section on the Zenimax website 2 of the 4 news stories relate to a total of $450 million outside investment in the company (the other 2 are their acquisitions of id and Arkane).

    #14 4 years ago

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