ZeniMax Acquire Shinji Mikami’s Studio, Tango



After a couple years out of the spotlight, Resident Evil 4 designer, Shinji Mikami, recently re-emerged as the founder of Tango, his new development studio. Mikami, in collaboration with PlatinumGames, then went on to design the recently released Vanquish, published by SEGA.


Today, ZeniMax, who are the parent company of Bethesda Softworks (The Elder Scrolls series) and id Software (Doom), announced that Mikami will be developing games for them in a deal where ZeniMax have acquired Tango, now known as Tango Gameworks.


“It’s refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort,” said Mikami. “The library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself. We are very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made.”


ZeniMax announced their acquisition of id Software in June 2009, and were quick to point out that the developer would continue to be run under the supervision of founder John Carmack with little interference from their parent.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.