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
Dishonored 2012 First person stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, 24.August 2015: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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]

Additional work[edit]

Title Year Genre Platform Note
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


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