London studio inks long-term development deal for new title with growing publisher

Splash Damage signs with Bethesda

Multiplayer games specialist Splash Damage has signed a long-term development partnership with Bethesda.

The London-based studio will develop a brand-new game for the publisher, best known for the internally-developed Oblivion title for Xbox 360, and which recently expanded its operations into both Europe and Japan.

Splash Damage is best known for its work creating multiplayer components for the likes of Doom 3 and Wolfenstein. It was formed by Paul Wedgewood in 2001 and staffed by key members of the mod-making community. It’s first fully-owned boxed game Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the latest in its long-running collaboration with id Software, debuted last year. More details on its work with Bethesda are due in the coming months.

“Bethesda Softworks has repeatedly been responsible for outstanding games as both publisher and developer,” commented Wedgwood.

“Both of our studios share a passion for creating great games, and we’re confident that this partnership will result in even greater experiences for gamers. We’re really looking forward to working with Bethesda.”

Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks, said the two ‘could not be a more perfect fit’:

“We are extremely impressed with Splash Damage and the quality titles they produce. They are highly creative and innovative, and have demonstrated a high level of dedication to their projects. We are confident that gamers everywhere will be thrilled with the offerings from this collaboration.”

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