Bethesda Softworks has opened a new development studio called Roundhouse Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, which is staffed by the team from the recently closed Human Head Studios and will “immediately” begin work on unannounced projects at Bethesda Softworks, the company announced.
“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,” said Roundhouse Studios creative director Chris Rhinehart in a press release. “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 Softworks senior vice president of development Todd Vaughn added, “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.”
The developers of Roundhouse Studios have more than 20 years of experience together working on various games and genres, including RPGs, shooters, action adventure games, and more. They are the original developers of Prey, as well as the team behind Dead Man’s Hand, Rune, and the November 12-released Rune II.