Battlecry Studios is new Austin-based developer from Bethesda Softworks

Battlecry Studios is a new development house being built in Austin by Zenimax Media's Bethesda Softworks. Battlecry will be under the direction of Rich Vogel, a former VP at BioWare Austin, who most recently was an executive producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Actually, for the past ten years Vogel's been working on MMOs, at both Electronic Arts and Sony Online Entertainment. Coincidentally, ZeniMax Online is working on The Elder Scrolls Online, but it would seem that's not what Battlecry is up to, since it's working on an "unannounced project." Hmm, what other major franchise does that publisher own that could be an MMO?

Battlecry is the second ZeniMax studio located in Austin, with the first being Arkane Studios, which will ship Dishonored next week.
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Bethesda Softworks Opens Battlecry Studios in Austin
Long-time Industry Veteran Rich Vogel to Head Development at New Studio

October 3, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, is pleased to announce it has established a new studio in Austin, Texas, Battlecry Studios, to be headed by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel. Most recently, Vogel worked at Bioware where he served as the executive producer on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Rich has a long history in the industry having worked on Ultima Online, and Star Wars Galaxies as well as other online and console titles during his 20+ years in game development. The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project.

"I have always admired and respected Bethesda's approach to making great, original games," said Vogel. "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."

"We are very pleased to have someone with Rich's vast experience join us at Bethesda," said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. "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."

Battlecry Studios will be the second ZeniMax studio located in Austin, joining Arkane® Studios, whose highly-anticipated title, Dishonored™, ships this month. For more information about Bethesda Softworks and available jobs at Battlecry Studios, visit:

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