Bethesda announced today that they have acquired the Canadian studio Alpha Dog. Bethesda Softworks is a ZeniMax Media company and it looks like their bandwidth has grown even more. This means that Fallout Shelter won't be the last mobile game experience, because iOS and Android titles are Alpha Dog's wheelhouse.
“We are impressed by the team at Alpha Dog’s commitment to quality and depth of experience in mobile,” said Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda, to us in a recent press release. “We’re excited to have them join the Bethesda family.”
Bethesda has mentioned in the past that they wanted to grow their mobile initiative, and it looks like Alpha Dog will be the perfect fit to make that happen. While mobile games are usually instantly met with negative feedback and groans from the community, games like Fallout Shelter, Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG Mobile (among plenty of others) have proven that solid gaming experiences can come in compact forms.
As for Alpha Dog as a studio, they have produced hits like Monstrocity: Rampage and Wraithborne, which makes us curious as to what work they will be doing with Bethesda. Wraithborne certainly had a lot of fantasy aspects, something that would mesh well with the Elder Scrolls franchise, so it will be interesting to see what the two companies produce. Perhaps we'll even get a few fresh IPs out of the mix!
"We believe there is not one end-all, be-all solution," says the studio about their ethos. "Each game is unique and requires handcrafted experiences that fit the audience. However, none of this can happen if you don’t first “find the fun” and give the player genuine value for their time no matter what.
"We develop games we believe in as a team and set the bar high with a heavy focus on social experience. Harnessing the power of Unity and Unreal Engine 4, our goal is to build an iconic brand through evolutionary design and pushing the limit of mobile games."
You can learn more about Alpha Dog Studios right here to better understand Bethesda's latest acquisition.