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Human Head Studios is Shutting Down, Entire Staff Now at New Bethesda Softworks Development Studio

Human Head Studios has announced their recently released game Rune II is their last game, as they’re shutting down. The team is staying together, however, as they’ve all been hired by Bethesda Softworks to form an entirely new internal development studio.

The new development studio is called Roundhouse Studios and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Their staff will “immediately” begin work on unannounced projects from Bethesda, as well.

“Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors, which was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled,” Roundhouse Studios creative director Chris Rhinehart said in a press release. “We reached out to our friends at Bethesda for help, and they saw that same creativity and passion in our team. With the formation of Roundhouse Studios, Bethesda offered every employee of Human Head a position at the new company. We are excited our team will remain together, pursuing the work we love, as part of a company we already know and admire.”

Bethesda Softworks senior vice president of development Todd Vaughn added, “While sorry to hear of their challenges as Human Head Studios, we were excited by the opportunity to bring under the Bethesda umbrella this talented, established development team. We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family.”

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