As Human Head Studios closes, Bethesda opens studio with former employees

Video game publisher Bethesda announced this morning that they have opened a new development studio in Madison, Wisconsin.

Roundhouse Studios, as it is being called, is enlisting the help of former employees of the recently-closed Human Head Studios. Roundhouse Studios is working on unannounced projects at Bethesda.

“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 Chris Rhinehart, co-founder of Human Head Studios and creative director at Roundhouse Studios.

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“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,” Rhinehart added.

According to Bethesda, the developers at Roundhouse Studios “represent more than two decades working together on a variety of games and genres, including RPGs, shooters, action-adventure games, and more.”

The original developers of Prey, the team is well known for developing titles like Dead Man’s HandRune, and Rune II, and Lost Within. They also contributed to Batman: Arkham Origins and BioShock Infinite.

Roundhouse Studios is the second development studio to join Bethesda’s ranks in the past few weeks. In October, the company acquired Alpha Dog Games to focus on mobile game development.