|Formerly||Escalation Studios, LLC (2007–2018)|
Number of employees
Bethesda Game Studios Dallas LLC (formerly Escalation Studios, LLC) is an American video game developer based in Dallas, founded in 2007 by Tom Mustaine, Marc Tardif, and Shawn Green. The company was briefly owned by 6waves Lolapps in 2012 and acquired by ZeniMax Media in February 2017. In August 2018, Escalation became part of Bethesda Game Studios under the name Bethesda Game Studios Dallas.
Escalation Studios was formed in 2007, co-founded by Tom Mustaine, Marc Tardif, and Shawn Green. Mustaine had previously co-founded Ritual Entertainment, while Tardif had been an executive producer and senior vice president of business development at Gearbox Software.
On January 18, 2012, social gaming company 6waves Lolapps (6L) announced that it had acquired Escalation to undisclosed terms. As a result of the acquisition, Mustaine and Tardif became Escalation's design directors, while Green became director of engineering for 6L. At the time, Escalation had around 30 employees. However, in March 2012, 6L announced that it had laid off its entire development staff, wherein Escalation would "remain active in some capacity". On May 15, 2012, Escalation announced that it had become independent again.
On February 1, 2017, Escalation Studios was announced to have been acquired by ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game publisher Bethesda Softworks. Subsequently, Escalation became part of Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks' development division, under the name Bethesda Game Studios Dallas.
ZeniMax Media was acquired by Microsoft for US$7.5 billion in March 2021 and became part of Xbox Game Studios.
|2008||Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D.||iOS||ngmoco||No longer available|
|Samba de Amigo||Wii||Sega||Co-developed with Gearbox Software|
|2009||Doom Resurrection||iOS||id Software||Co-developed with id Software|
|2010||Inception: Mind Crime||Android, Facebook||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Based on Inception|
|Splode||Android, iOS, Kongregate, macOS||Escalation Studios||—|
|2011||Space City||iOS||Glu Mobile||No longer available|
|Rage||macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Bethesda Softworks||Co-developed multiplayer with id Software|
|2012||Shot & Found||iOS||Escalation Studios||No longer available|
|Friends & Zombies||Escalation Studios||No longer available|
|Midway Arcade||iOS||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Based on arcade games developed by Midway Games|
|Splode Blast!||iOS||Escalation Studios||—|
|2013||Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar||iOS||Electronic Arts||Based on Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, co-developed with Mythic Entertainment|
|Disney Infinity: Toy Box||iOS||Disney Mobile||Co-developed with Disney Interactive Studios|
|2014||Interstellar Test Flight||Browser||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Based on Interstellar|
|Eternal Fate||Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows||Escalation Studios||No longer available|
|2015||Outlaw Space||Browser, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows||Escalation Studios||—|
|2016||Herobound: Gladiators||Android||Oculus VR||For Samsung Gear VR, co-developed with Gunfire Games|
|Doom||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One||Bethesda Softworks||Co-developed the SnapMap feature with id Software|
|Team Fortress 2||Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows||Valve||Co-developed the PASS Time game mode with Valve and Bad Robot Interactive|
|Please, Don't Touch Anything 3D||Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows||Escalation Studios||Remake of Please, Don't Touch Anything, co-developed with Four Quarters|
|2023||Starfield||Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows||Bethesda Softworks||Additional work|