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Bethesda Game Studios Dallas LLC
Escalation Studios (2007–2018)
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded2007; 12 years ago (2007)
  • Tom Mustaine
  • Marc Tardif
Key people
  • Tom Mustaine (MD)
  • Marc Tardif (MD)
Number of employees
48 (2017)

Bethesda Game Studios Dallas LLC (formerly Escalation Studios) is an American video game developer based in Dallas, Texas, founded in 2007 by ex-Ritual Entertainment employees Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif. The company was briefly owned by 6waves Lolaps in 2012 and was acquired by ZeniMax Media in February 2017. Since August 2018, Escalation is part of Bethesda Game Studios under the name Bethesda Game Studios Dallas.


Escalation Studios was founded in 2007 by Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardif, both of whom had previously worked at Ritual Entertainment.[1] On January 18, 2012, it was announced that 6waves Lolapps acquired the company.[2] However, in a blog post dated May 15, 2012, Escalation stated that they had become independent again.[3]

On February 1, 2017, Escalation Studios was acquired by ZeniMax Media, the parent company of American publisher Bethesda Softworks.[1] At QuakeCon 2018, Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard announced that Escalation Studios had been renamed to Bethesda Game Studios Dallas, becoming their fourth development studio.[4]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s) Notes
Canceled Severity Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 N/A N/A
2008 Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D. iOS ngmoco No longer available
Samba de Amigo Wii Sega Co-developed with Gearbox Software
2009 Doom Resurrection iOS id Software Co-developed with id Software
2010 Inception: Mind Crime Android, Facebook Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Based on Inception
Splode Android, iOS, Kongregate, macOS Escalation Studios N/A
2011 Space City iOS Glu Mobile No longer available
Rage macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Softworks Co-developed multiplayer with id Software
2012 Shot & Found iOS Escalation Studios No longer available
Friends & Zombies Facebook Escalation Studios No longer available
Midway Arcade iOS Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Based on arcade games developed by Midway Games
Splode Blast! iOS Escalation Studios N/A
2013 Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar iOS Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Based on Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, co-developed with Mythic Entertainment
Disney Infinity: Toy Box iOS Disney Mobile Co-developed with Disney Interactive Studios
2014 Interstellar Test Flight Browser Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Based on Interstellar
Eternal Fate Android, iOS Escalation Studios No longer available
2015 Outlaw Space Browser, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Escalation Studios N/A
2016 Herobound: Gladiators Android Oculus VR For Samsung Gear VR, co-developed with Gunfire Games
Doom Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Softworks Co-developed the SnapMap feature with id Software[5]
Team Fortress 2 Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation Co-developed the PASS Time game mode with Valve Corporation and Bad Robot Interactive
Please, Don't Touch Anything 3D Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows Escalation Studios Remake of Please, Don't Touch Anything, co-developed with Four Quarters


  1. ^ a b Grubb, Jeff (February 1, 2017). "Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax acquires Doom co-developer Escalation Studios". VentureBeat. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "6waves Lolapps Buys Mobile Games Developer Escalation Studios". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "We're back baby". Escalation. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  4. ^ McAloon, Alissa (August 10, 2018). "ZeniMax-owned Escalation Studios is now Bethesda Game Studios Dallas". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Alice (February 1, 2017). "Doom helpers Escalation Studios join ZeniMax". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved February 1, 2017.