Tango Gameworks, led by Resi creator, joins ZeniMax
Tango Gameworks, Shinji Mikami’s new studio, has joined ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. Mikami – the Japanese developer famous for creating the Resident Evil series – will lead his team through the development of AAA games, created for multiple formats.
In his 15-years in the business, Mikami has worked as director on a number of high profile games, from Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Dino Crisis and God Hand, to the more recent Vanquish. In the press release, Mikami talks about how delighted he is to be working with a publisher who he “trusts” (is this a sly dig at SEGA, Vanquish’s publisher?):
“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… 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.”
Tango Gameworks’ development team have worked on some of Japan’s most famous games, big titles such as Devil may Cry, Final Fantasy and Okami. They will add a Japanese influence to ZeniMax, who already boast a distinguished group of development studios from around the world, including: Bethesda Game Studios, id Software and Arkane Studios.
Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, talked up Mikami’s reputation (as if that was necessary!) in his press release:
“Shinji Mikami has earned a stellar reputation as one of the industry’s finest game developers… 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.”
Tango Gameworks have yet to announce their first project, and neither have they confirmed that it’ll be on PlayStation 3; however, we’d be surprised if it wasn’t.
Would you like to know about what the day-to-day life at Tango Gamework’s studio is like? Have a look at the comic strip below, it’s created by Tango Gamework’s “rookie director” Ikumi Nakamura: