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ZeniMax Media snaps up studio started by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami

October 28, 2010 |  7:00 am

Shinji Mikami Shinji Mikami on Thursday became the latest AAA game developer to join ZeniMax Media's growing empire.

Mikami, creator of the popular Resident Evil video-game franchise turned movie series, announced he had sold his Japanese game studio, Tango Gameworks, to ZeniMax for an undisclosed amount.

ZeniMax, based in Rockville, Md., is no doubt putting to good use the $150 million it raised earlier this month from Providence Equity Partners, which also invested in Hulu and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The cash infusion is in addition to the $300 million Providence invested in ZeniMax in 2007.

Mikami will remain at Tango following the acquisition as the company's creative lead, the companies said in a joint statement. His latest game, a science-fiction shooter called Vanquish, was released Oct. 19 to generally positive reviews. Mikami was named by game-enthusiast website IGN last year as one of the top 10 greatest game developers.

ZeniMax last year snapped up id Software, creator of the Doom and Quake series of games. In August, it bought Arkane Studios, a French developer. ZeniMax also owns Bethesda Softworks, developer of the Fallout and the Elder Scrolls franchises.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, a horror video-game franchise that formed the basis for the movie series. Credit: IGN