Zenimax Media Acquires Escalation Studios for VR Projects

ZeniMax Media, Inc. has today announced the acquisition of Escalation Studios, the stuio behind, Please, Don’t Touch Anything, NCAA March Madness Live VR and Herobound Gladiators. Founded in 2007 by industry veterans Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif, Escalation Studios were also involved in the development of last year’s DOOM reboot, which has also showcased a virtual reality (VR) experience.


“We have continually been impressed with the team at Escalation [Studios] that Tom and Marc have assembled,” said Todd Vaughn, Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “Their commitment to quality and innovation has made significant contributions to the projects we’ve worked on together, and we’re excited to have them join ZeniMax.”

According to Zenimax Media, Escalation Studios is currently working on a number of projects with studios and will continue to contribute its talents across PC, console, mobile, and VR titles going forward.

“ZeniMax’s studios are responsible for some of the most iconic games in our industry,” said Marc Tardif, Co-Managing Director of Escalation Studios. “Becoming a part of this amazing family of developers is an honour for everyone at our studio.”

“We are proud of the incredible team that has helped make Escalation [Studios] such a success,” added Tom Mustaine Co-Managing Director of Escalation Studios. “We can’t wait to see what the studio is capable of with the support of such a great company as ZeniMax.”

No details of which projects Escalation Studios will be leading have yet been revealed, though it’s likely that the developer will be involved in the forthcoming VR adaptations of DOOM and possibly also Fallout 4. VRFocus will of course keep you updated with all the latest from Escalation Studios and Zenimax Media.