Wolfenstein: The New Order – Creators



MachineGames (aka ZeniMax Sweden)

MachineGames (ZeniMax Suède)Established in 2009 by former Starbreeze Studios founding members, and acquired in 2010 by Bethesda Softworks (subsidiary of ZeniMax Media), MachineGames (also known as ZeniMax Sweden since 2010) is located in Uppsala, in Sweden.

The Starbreeze Studios were created in 1997 in Sweden by demo-making group members before merging in 2000 with another Swedish studio (O3 Games) and become a bigger studio. The company created many games like Enclave in  2002, The Darkness in 2007, Payday in 2011, Syndicate in 2012, and Riddick games like “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” in 2004 and “Assault on Dark Athena” in 2009, which both received many awards and were critically acclaimed, like most of their games.

More info: Wikipedia page about MachineGames – Wikipedia page about Starbreeze StudiosMachineGames (ZeniMax Suède) official website – Starbreeze Studios official website – GiantBomb page about MachineGames – GiantBomb page about Starbreeze Studios


id Software (technology)

id SoftwareOwner of the Wolfenstein franchise, id provides (at least) the id Tech 5 engine technology – also used in Rage and Doom 4 – and the associated technical support. We don’t know yet if the studio is also supervising the production of the game – like for previous Wolfenstein games -, as they’re facing many difficulties with the development of Doom 4 – Bethesda might take this supervising role instead.

See the page dedicated to the studio.


Publisher & distribution

Bethesda Softworks / ZeniMax Media

Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, LLC, founded in 1986 in the city of Bethesda in Maryland, USA, is a american game development and publishing company, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, which was created by Bethesda founding members in 1999.

Bethesda started developing games for Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64/128, including the first physics-based sports simulation – “Gridiron!”. Early games scored respectably in the gaming press. In 1990, the company moved to Rockville, Maryland, where it’s still located.

The company also created many sports and car simulation games, and games from the Terminator, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchises. However, Bethesda is best known for RPG games for which it received many awards, including the famous Elder Scrolls series with games like Morrowing, Oblivion and Skyrim. Bethesda also owns the Fallout franchise since it bought the rights to Interplay in 2004, and released the games Fallout 3 in 2008, and Fallout: New Vegas in 2010.

Bethesda also published other games like Wet and Rogue Warrior in 2010, and Brink – from Splash Damage, the creators of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory – and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (from inXile Entertainment) in 2011.

On June 24, 2009, Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media, acquired id Software, whose titles, including Rage, would be published by Bethesda Softworks – it was later announced that any games using the new id Tech 5 game engine will be published by them, including Doom 4. Along with id and MachineGames, and its own historical development studio called Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda/ZeniMax also owns the french-american studio Arkane Studios (developer of Dishonored, published by Bethesda in 2012), ZeniMax Online Studios and Japanese studio Tango Gameworks.

More info: Bethesda official website – Wikipedia page about Bethesda – Wikipedia page about ZeniMax Media – GiantBomb page