Bethesda Takes Human Head

Human Head Studios Shutters to Join Bethesda

Human Head Studios has closed down, replaced by a new development studio under the banner of Bethesda Softworks.

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Roundhouse Studios is staffed by the team from recently closed Human Head Studios, and will immediately begin work on unannounced projects under Bethesda.

“Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors. This was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled,” said Chris Rhinehart, Creative Director, Roundhouse Studios. “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.”

The development team at Roundhouse Studios have worked together for over two decades on a variety of games spanning multiple genres, including RPGs, shooters, action-adventure titles, and more. The original developers of Prey, the team is known for other games such as Dead Man’s Hands, Lost Within, as well as Rune, and it’s just-released sequel, Rune II, which launched yesterday, November 12, 2019. In addition, the Roundhouse team has contributed to blockbuster releases like Batman: Arkham Origins and Bioshock Infinite.

“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,” said Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family.”

Roundhouse Studios is the second development team to join Bethesda in the last month, following, the recent acquisition of Alpha Dog Games, a mobile-games studio based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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