‘Fallout 3,’ ‘Oblivion’ Parent Company Hiring For Mystery MMO

With visions of “World of Oblivion” dancing in our heads, we reached out to Bethesda to see what the deal is.


In a press release, ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks (“Fallout 3,” the “Elder Scrolls” series), announced today that they’re doing a second round of hiring on an unannounced MMOG being developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, which was founded in 2007.

ZeniMax Online, located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, shares offices with Bethesda Softworks. The company currently has a team of over 60 people, and “finding additional, experienced team members to develop a world class MMOG is a top priority,” according to the statement.

MTV Multiplayer reached out to Bethesda for comment on whether or not the MMOG could be based on an existing Bethesda game franchise, like “Fallout” or the “Elder Scrolls.” A company rep explained that they haven’t indicated what their MMO is or isn’t and that nothing could be ruled in or out.

What do you think it is? What do you hope it to be?

For more information, check out the full release below. (And to those applying for jobs, good luck!)


Hunt Valley, MD – March 09, 2009 – ZeniMax Online Studios, a division of ZeniMax Media Inc., is pleased to announce they have entered their second phase of hiring. ZeniMax Online is looking for talent in all facets of game development.

“We’ve added some great people to the team so far and continue to look for experienced, talented developers in all areas to join the team and help us create the next great MMOG,” says Matt Firor, president of ZeniMax Online Studios.

As part of the ZeniMax Media family, including its game development sister company, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Online Studios has a wealth of experience. Located in Hunt Valley, MD, ZeniMax Online Studios was founded in 2007 and has grown to a team of over 60. Finding additional, experienced team members to develop a world class MMOG is a top priority.

“We recently filled two critical new director-level positions,” continues Firor. “Steve Escalante and Rich Barham bring experience to marketing and customer service – two critical operations for our company. Their addition to the management team of industry vets exemplifies the quality hires we are striving to identify.

Marketing Director Steve Escalante is a ten year industry vet who has launched two MMOs in the marketplace and brings specialized marketing and business development skills to ZeniMax Online. Customer Service Director Rich Barham, formerly with Blizzard Entertainment, was a key member of the team setting up customer service centers for World of Warcraft in North America and Europe, as well as a major contributor to the management of customer care, retention and in-game support needs.

“In an economy that has raised stability questions for people around the globe, it is a comfort to join the ZeniMax family with the support and financial backing they provide,” says Rich Barham. “The spirit, experience and passion of the team are compelling.”

About ZeniMax Online Studios

ZeniMax Online Studios, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software currently working on an unannounced MMOG title from its headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD. ZeniMax is a registered trademark or trademark of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or in other countries. For more information on ZeniMax Online Studios, visit www.zenimaxonline.com.