The creator of Dragon Shout, a free iOS app containing a hand-drawn map for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has been sent a copyright infringement notice by ZeniMax Media, parent company of publisher Bethesda.
Nicholas Lovell, founder of videogame business consultancy Gamesbrief, believes that ZeniMax will launch the recently announced Elder Scrolls Online MMOG under the monthly subscription model, but will eventually switch to free-to-play.
Shinji Mikami says he is being "very hands-on" in development of Zwei, the first game from his Tango Gameworks studio which he describes as "pure survival horror."
The first game from Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks studio is a survival horror title codenamed Zwei.Andriasang brings word from Famitsu that the creator of Resident Evil and Vanquish is executive director on the project, but is fully involved in development. He explained that he wanted to make a game that met player expectations, and understandably felt survival horror was the best way to do it.
ZeniMax Media, parent company of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim developer Bethesda, has filed a number of trademarks as it seeks to shore up the rights to the game's dragon shout, "Fus Ro Dah."Spotted by Fusible, ZeniMax has submitted six different trademark filings to the USPTO, covering everything from games and strategy guides to glasses cases, bags, clothing, bobble-head dolls and trading cards.
Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks studio's current project will not see release until next year at the earliest.Speaking in an interview with 4Gamer, translated by Andriasang, Toru Takahashi – general manager of ZeniMax's Asia division, which acquired Tango in 2010 – said fans should not expect to see Mikami's game until 2013 or beyond.
Mojang is forbidden from making any further games using the Scrolls name under the terms of the legal settlement reached with Bethesda last week.Gamasutra reports that, while the settlement left the Minecraft studio free to release Scrolls, announced at GDC last year, with no change to its name, the developer relinquished all rights to the trademark to Bethesda parent company ZeniMax.
Mojang has settled its lawsuit with Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media over the use of the name Scrolls for the Minecraft developer’s upcoming card-based game.
Rage developer id Software has laid off an undisclosed number of staff as it restructures its development team to "meet the needs of the studio," parent company Bethesda Softworks has confirmed.In a statement issued to Joystiq, Bethesda said the staff cuts were made following a regular internal evaluation at Dallas-based id.
Bethesda Softworks has regained the rights to the proposed Fallout MMOG from Interplay in a deal worth $2 million.In a press release, the publisher's parent company ZeniMax Media reveals that the rights were acquired under the terms of a settlement reached last month that brought down the curtain on a protracted legal battle with Interplay.