Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, and his development studio Tango Gameworks, are the newest additions to ZeniMax Media’s growing collection of developers that includes Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, and Arkane Studios.
Mikami and his studio have lent their expertise to such acclaimed franchises as Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, and, of course, Resident Evil, and Mikami will continue his position as Tango's creative director under ZeniMax’s ownership.
“It’s refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort,” Mikami said in a statement. “The library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself. We are very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made.”
ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman echoed Mikami’s enthusiasm over the partnership, saying, “Shinji Mikami has earned a stellar reputation as one of the industry’s finest game developers. He has repeatedly created hit titles that have earned praise from fans and critics around the world. We share his vision for innovative, genre-defining games and look forward to working with Shinji and his team at Tango.”
Most recently, Mikami directed Capcom’s sci-fi slide-happy Vanquish and is collaborating with Goichi Suda (Suda51) and Grasshopper Manufacture on the action-thriller Shadows of the Damned, which is being published by Electronic Arts. Mikami and Tango's future titles will be released by Fallout: New Vegas publisher Bethesda Softworks.
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