Bethesda has announced that they have opened a new studio in Austin, Texas under the name Battlecry Studios. The studio will be headed by a former BioWare employee Rich Vogel. If you remember Vogel was the executive producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, but he also worked on Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Vogel left BioWare earlier this year and had this to say about heading up the new Bethesda studio:
“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games, It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating.”
Bethesda Software president Vlatko Andonov also made a statement on the hiring of Vogel and the new Battlecry Studios:
“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda, Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”
It is not known at this time what their first project will be, but some are speculating that Battlecry Studios will be working more with MMOs because of Vogel’s experience with Star Wars: The Old Republic. In addition, Battlecry Studios job listings have a position for “Monetization Designer” and mention an “upcoming online game.” On the other hand they also have job listings for positions that require “excellent knowledge of FPS’s and RPG’s” so their new game could be anything at this point.
I figured that the studio was going to start off by helping develop The Elder Scrolls Online based on Vogel’s previous experience but wanting FPS experience kind of throws that idea off. So my other guess is that Bethesda created this studio to start work on a Fallout Online or MMO because earlier this year Bethesda paid for the rights to the franchise. Makes sense considering they wouldn’t just pay for the rights to the game and then just let the game sit there and not do anything with it.
Battlecry Studios will be Bethesda’s ninth studio that they own, which includes Arkane Studios who will be releasing the highly anticipated Dishonored next week.