Arkane Studios founder Raphael Colantonio is leaving the company
Arkane Studio, founded in 1999, is responsible for some of my favorite games of all time. This includes, but isn’t limited to, Prey and Dishonored. However, founder Raphael Colantonio announced that he will be leaving the company.
“The last 18 years have been an amazing adventure – from starting Arkane in 1999, to making our first game, Arx Fatalis, to joining ZeniMax Media in 2010 and releasing the Dishonored series and Prey to critical acclaim – it is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is important to me and my future.”
Colantonio went on, giving thanks to Bethesda as a publishing partner to grow Arkane into what it is today.
“I’ve lived many magical moments. I’ve also been through the hard times. But, I can say that joining ZeniMax took things to the next level and gave Arkane the opportunity to emerge as a world-class studio. ZeniMax enabled us to make the best games that we’ve ever made. And I know there is even more to come.”
And, for a tearful close:
“As I close, I’d like to thank the Arkane fans for their passion and support. I proudly join them as Arkane Studios’ biggest champion, and I look forward to playing the extraordinary new games the studio is working on.”