informa
2 min read
News

Bethesda, id Parent ZeniMax Acquires Prey License

ZeniMax Media, parent company of publisher Bethesda Softworks and newly-acquired developer id Software, now owns the Prey license and has registered numerous rights including films, books, and "entertainment services."
ZeniMax Media, parent company of publisher Bethesda Softworks and newly-acquired developer id Software, now owns the Prey license, according to several trademark documents. It was acquired from previous owner Radar Group, the IP incubator formed by 3D Realms veteran Scott Miller, which in turn acquired it from producer 3D Realms itself. Prey was developed by Human Head Studios, overseen by 3D Realms, and published by 2K Games in 2006. Its sequel Prey 2 was soon mentioned, and last year confirmed as being developed by Human Head with Radar. A United States Patent & Trademark Office abstract shows that the Prey property was transferred from 3D Realms to Radar in June of this year, then to ZeniMax mere weeks later. It is possible ZeniMax's acquisition of the rights are in some way spurred by its id Software deal, as Prey was built on id's own id Tech 4 engine. Now, as of last week according to the USPTO (spotted via Superannuation), ZeniMax has registered trademarks for Prey as relating to "motion picture films in the field of science fiction" in addition to computer games, video games, mobile games, novels, comic books, strategy guides, and "entertainment services." The current state of the Human Head sequel project, including whether it is still under development for ZeniMax, is not known.

Latest Jobs

Treyarch

Playa Vista, California
6.20.22
Audio Engineer

Digital Extremes

London, Ontario, Canada
6.20.22
Communications Director

High Moon Studios

Carlsbad, California
6.20.22
Senior Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
6.20.22
Lead UI Programmer
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more