When Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami formed a new ZeniMax-owned studio called Tango Gameworks in 2010, many fans of the beloved game designer took notice. Though the studio is continuing to ramp up its staff, it looks like we'll be waiting a while until we see what Mikami and crew are working on.

In an interview with 4Gamer (via Andriasang) ZeniMax Asia general manager Toru Takahashi revealed that the first game from Tango definitely will not come out until "2013 or beyond." The game will use an unnamed external engine that has been heavily customized by the studio.

According to Mikami, he's still hiring for his team at Tango and "expects in the end to reach the highest scale of any of his past titles in terms of staff count."

Mikami elaborated that although he doesn't want his studio to get too big, in the future he hopes to split it into two teams -- a larger one to focus on "a title with sure fire broad appeal" and a smaller team "for training staff and messing around. Whether he is able to split into two teams or not, Mikami expects to keep his total staff count at around 100.

In the interview, Mikami also praised Skyrim, while Takahashi provided an update on how Bethesda's western titles are performing in Japan. Check out the full recap at Andriasang.