Arkane Studios President Stepped Down

Arkane Studios President Stepped Down

Raphael Colantonio left the company, which he helped to guide for nearly two decades.

Arkane Studios president Raphael Colantonio revealed, that he’s leaving the award winning studio. His official letter was published on Bethesda’s website.

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.

Raphael Colantonio

Colantonio is a founding member of Arkane. He’s been with the developer for 18 years. He also worked as the creative director on a number of Arkane games, including Prey and Dishonored.

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Harvey Smith will continue to guide the Austin offices of the company. Colantonio will also remain on board “as long as necessary”. Lyon-based branch of the company will be re-organized under the new management. It’s not clear if Colantonio’s departure is connected with the mediocre sales of Prey.

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