Although Bethesda is probably best known for their popular open-world RPG franchises, the publisher has delved into the free-to-play mobile game scene on occasion, with titles such as Fallout: Shelter and the The Elder Scrolls: Blades being received well by the gaming community. It seems that the publisher plans on expanding their mobile efforts, after recently acquiring mobile game studio, Alpha Dog Games.
Commenting on the acquisition, Bethesda Senior Vice President of Development Todd Vaughn stated, “We are impressed by the team at Alpha Dog’s commitment to quality and depth of experience in mobile.” He continued, “We’re excited to have them join the Bethesda family.” The said goal of the acquisition is to work alongside Bethesda on their “growing mobile game initiative.”The publisher will surely be hoping that the developer is able to create games that reach the heights some of their previous releases have.
Alpha Dog Games was founded by industry veterans Shawn Woods and Jeff Cameron in 2012, with the aim to “set the bar high with a heavy focus on social experience.” The studio is mostly known for their real-time strategy game MonstroCity: Rampage and their action role-playing game Wraithborne. Both are available in the App and Google Play Stores.
Many fans do not like the direction Bethesda seems to be heading in with the publisher in the middle of a big controversy at the moment. A good mobile effort may be just what the company needs to get in the good books of players again. (If it isn’t filled to the brim with microtransactions that is.)