Shinji Mikami Joins ZeniMax Media

ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of Bethesda Softworks, creators of some games you may have heard of like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, has acquired Tango Gamework. So, what is Tango Gameworks? Well, they are the development shop of Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series and a 20-year game industry veteran. Tango also boasts developers that played key roles in the Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Final Fantasy series. Mikami will continue to serve as the creative lead for all future projects from the Tokyo-based Tango.

Mikami seems very excited about the acquisition, saying, “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…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.”

Some highlights from Mikami’s storied career, as listed on his Wikipedia page, are below.
Shadows of the Damned – producer
Vanquish – director
God Hand (2006) – director
killer7 (2005) – story, executive producer
Resident Evil 4 (2005) – story, director
Dino Crisis 3 (2003) – executive producer
Viewtiful Joe (2003) – executive producer
Steel Battallion (2002) – general producer
Resident Evil 0 (2002) – executive advisor
Resident Evil (Remake) (2002) – director
Devil May Cry (2001) – executive producer
Onimusha: Warlords (2001) – advisor
Dino Crisis 2 (2000) – executive producer
Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000) – producer
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) – producer
Dino Crisis (1999) – producer, director
Resident Evil 2 (1998) – game producer
Resident Evil (1996) – director

Tango joins an impressive stable of developments studios under the ZeniMax umbrella, including Bethesda Game Studio, id Software and Arkane Studios.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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