Arkane Studios

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Arkane Studios
Subsidiary of ZeniMax Media
Industry Video game industry
Interactive entertainment
Founded October 12, 1999 (1999-10-12)[1]
Headquarters Lyon, France
Key people
Raphaël Colantonio (CEO and creative director)
Harvey Smith (game designer)
Austin Grossman (Writer)
Products Video games
Number of employees
150 (2015)[2]
Parent ZeniMax Media (2010-present)
Divisions Arkane Studios LLC (Austin office)[3]

Arkane Studios is a French video game developer based in Lyon, France. It was founded in 1999, and released its first game, Arx Fatalis, in 2002. Arkane Studios opened an Austin, Texas-based office in July 2006.[4]


Arkane Studios's first game was Arx Fatalis. The studio's second game, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, was released in October 2006. It refined the first-person melee combat of Arx Fatalis with a lesser emphasis on role-playing elements.

In December 2006, the company announced its new first-person shooter title, The Crossing, which was later cancelled. Between 2006 and 2007, the company was working in conjunction with Valve Software to develop a game in the Half-Life series called Return to Ravenholm.[5] The project has since been cancelled and its existence has been confirmed by Valve employee Marc Laidlaw.[6] Arkane also began work on Electronic Arts's LMNO project featuring Steven Spielberg,[7] which was also later cancelled.

In 2008 the company also helped in the development of maps for the multiplayer component of Call of Duty: World at War.[8] In July 2009, 2K Marin announced that Arkane was signed up to help with BioShock 2 development, more specifically "design, animation, and art".[9]

In August 2010, the company was acquired by ZeniMax Media.[10] The studio most recently worked on Dishonored, a first-person stealth-action game with role-playing elements that was released in October 2012, and received critical acclaim.[11]


Title Year Genre Platform Note
Arx Fatalis 2002 RPG Xbox, Windows
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006 RPG Xbox 360, Windows
Call of Duty: World at War 2008 First-person shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3, Windows Mobile, Wii Multiplayer only
KarmaStar 2009 Strategy iOS
BioShock 2 2010 First-person shooter OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Level design assistance
Dishonored 2012 First person stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows
Dishonored 2 2016 First person stealth PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Cancelled games[edit]

Title Genre Platform Note
LMNO Action PC Level design assistance[12]
The Crossing First-person shooter PC, Xbox 360
Half-Life 2: Episode 4 / Return to Ravenholm First-person shooter Unknown [13]


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