Human Head has a new name and new ownership.
Human Head Studios

Human Head Studios, the development studio that brought is a real mix of games over the past 20+ years is no more. They are instead going to be called Roundhouse Studios, a new development studio that Bethesda Softworks just opened up in Madison, Wisconsin.

Roundhouse Studios is being staffed by the same team from the dearly departed Human Head Studios. They will begin work "immediately" on an unannounced project for Bethesda.

"Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors, which was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled,” said Chris Rhinehart, Creative Director, Roundhouse Studios. “We reached out to our friends at Bethesda for help, and they saw that same creativity and passion in our team. With the formation of Roundhouse Studios, Bethesda offered every employee of Human Head a position at the new company. We are excited our team will remain together, pursuing the work we love, as part of a company we already know and admire."
Over the past 20 or so years, Human Head made some great games like the original Prey in 2006 and the Rune games in the early 2000s. But then they kind of fell off with their quality in recent years. Their most notable stinker was none other than The Quiet Man, a game that I have said repeatedly is the worst game I've ever played. It topped my list for biggest disappointments of 2018 for good reason. Hopefully this new beginning for the studio also means a return to form.

"While sorry to hear of their challenges as Human Head Studios, we were excited by the opportunity to bring under the Bethesda umbrella this talented, established development team,” said Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family."

Roundhouse Studios is the second development team to join Bethesda in the last month, following the recent acquisition of Alpha Dog Games, a mobile-games studio based in Nova Scotia, Canada.