Arkane Studios is a video games developer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bethesda Softworks American game publisher. Arkane Studios was founded in France in 1999. Later in 2002, it opened a subsidiary in Texas, United States. The studio was initially independent, and at that period, in addition to developing its own titles, such as Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, and The Crossing, Arkane Studios also worked with other developers to help them to co-develop games. In 2006 it worked with Valve Software to develop Half-Life series, in 2008 it participated in development of Call of Duty: World at War, and in 2009 helped in developing BioShock 2.
Arkane Studios was acquired by ZeniMax Media, the owner of Bethesda Softworks. Under Bethesda ownership, the studio has participated in the development of the Dishonored series.