MachineGames was started in 2009 by former key Starbreeze employees (and founders) - Magnus Högdahl, Fredrik Ljungdahl, Jens Matthies, Jim Kjellin, Kjell Emanuelsson, Michael Wynne and Jerk Gustafsson. It was revealed in early November 2010 that they have become a part of Zenimax Media Inc, thus becoming siblings with both Bethesda Softworks and Id Software. It has been said in press releases their first project will be using Bethesda's internal idtech 5 engine. The studio is also known as ZeniMax Sweden AB internally.
Julian Beeston, a composer who previously worked on Dragon's Dogma and Resident Evil 6, mentioned his contribution to a Wolfenstein game by MachineGames on his personal website. MachineGames confirmed on May 7th, 2013 that they were developing Wolfenstein: The New Order; a reboot of the Wolfenstein franchise. The game came out May 20th, 2014 and became the studio's first game.