Roundhouse Studios was founded in 2019, though it’s actually existed since 1997. As Human Head Studios, the company was probably best known for the 2006 game Prey. But during a legal dispute with publisher Ragnarok Game LLC over Rune II, Human Head shut down, but within days most of the studio’s developers were working under Bethesda under the name Roundhouse. Exactly what Roundhouse has been working on has remained a mystery since then, and Microsoft’s buyout of Bethesda (and parent company ZeniMax) did not shed any additional light on what to expect.
Arkane’s most recent game, Redfall, is being developed in part by the people formerly known as Human Head. Bethesda and Arkane have both verified this. The information was actually made public earlier this month along with fresh gameplay footage from the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, but in the flurry of activity around not-E3, it was overlooked. The team at Arkane Austin (together with our colleagues at Roundhouse), according to co-creative director Harvey Smith in a new email to fans, “are pouring all we’ve got into making Redfall the best game it can be, both solo and co-op.”
We still don’t know if Roundhouse is working on anything of its own outside of Redfall. Human Head was working on Prey 2 under Bethesda until it was cancelled in 2014. Arkane eventually released a new, well-loved game under the Prey name, but Human Head’s Prey 2 remains one of gaming’s biggest ‘what might have beens’. For more on every developer under the Xbox Game Studios banner, you can follow that link.
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