Bethesda Opens Sydney Office

by William D'Angelo, posted on 02 October 2013 / 4,021 Views

Bethesda Softworks, the developer behind The Elder Scrolls franchise, has opened up a new studio in Sydney, Australia. The studio has been named ZeniMax Australia and will oversee the publishing of Bethesda games in Australia and New Zealand.

It was also announced that Simon Alty will be the managing director for the new studio. He had previously worked at One to Anothe Pty, a marketing company. He has worked on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, among other games.

"Simon's experience and expertise in the games industry - specifically having worked on sales and marketing of Bethesda's titles the last four years - will be of great value as we open a publishing office in Sydney," said ZeniMax Europe's Sean Brennan. "Looking ahead, 2014 promises to be a big year for Bethesda as we release a trio of AAA titles: The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within."

Bethesda will be releasing The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within next year.


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6 Comments

mjk45 (on 03 October 2013)

Using the word studio is a bit misleading since it is just a publishing /distribution office


think-man (on 02 October 2013)

Ahh so they wont be making any games.


teamsilent13 (on 02 October 2013)

I am not exited for any game more than the elder scrolls VI. I hope TES online doesn't make it take too long. It would be nice to get two or three real elder scroll games this generation (especially if this generation will last 10 years like sony and microsoft are saying).


shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

I think it'll be awhile before we see TES 6. Bethesda is believed to be working on Fallout 4, and since they haven't announced it yet, we'll be lucky if we see it before 2015. And since Bethesda usually takes about 2-3 years to develop a game, if we don't see Fallout 4 till 2015, we might not see TES 6 until 2017 or 2018.


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pokoko (on 02 October 2013)

Hopefully this means we'll have giant spiders and bipedal platypuses in Fallout 4.


shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

You listed Bethesda Softworks as the developer behind The Elder Scrolls series. That isn't accurate, Bethesda Game Studios is the developer behind The Elder Scrolls series, Bethesda Softworks just publishes it, the two became seperate entities in 2001.


teamsilent13 (on 02 October 2013)

When I look at that list I'm a little skeptical. The fee for TES online is way too much and I could see that game completely failing. I hope they don't have too high of expectations for Wolfenstein or The Evil Within. I don't want to hear Bethesda taking losses, but TES online has me scared it's gonna bomb.


shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

Well, the reason that most pay to play MMO's fail is because the developers don't release new content fast enough to hold players interest and justify the subscription fee, but Zenimax claims that they plan to release 20-30 hours of content every 4-6 weeks, more than most previous MMO developers have attempted, so they have a better chance of surviving than most P2P MMO's that have failed in the past. However, even if they do lose a bunch of subscribers, they'll just end up switching to free to play like many other P2P MMO's have, and the F2P model can be quite profitable, so I doubt that Bethesda/Zenimax will see any losses due to The Elder Scrolls Online.

As for Wolfenstein and The Evil Within, I would expect them to sell a couple million copies each, which depending on the budget for each game, should probably mean that they'll make a profit from them.


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shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

Well, the reason that most pay to play MMO's fail is because the developers don't release new content fast enough to hold players interest and justify the subscription fee, but Zenimax claims that they plan to release 20-30 hours of content every 4-6 weeks, more than most previous MMO developers have attempted, so they have a better chance of surviving than most P2P MMO's that have failed in the past. However, even if they do lose a bunch of subscribers, they'll just end up switching to free to play like many other P2P MMO's have, and the F2P model can be quite profitable, so I doubt that Bethesda/Zenimax will see any losses due to The Elder Scrolls Online.

As for Wolfenstein and The Evil Within, I would expect them to sell a couple million copies each, which depending on the budget for each game, should probably mean that they'll make a profit from them.


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