(Playstation studios overview here)
Microsoft dropped a bombshell on the video game industry this week by announcing the $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the company that owns some of the biggest developers in the industry including Bethesda Game Studio, id Software and Arkane Studios. That means classic games like the Fallout series, The Elder Scrolls series, the DOOM series, and more are now under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella.
23 studios are now a part of their roster. But who are these studios and what are they currently working on? Here is a list below:
343 Industries – Created after the departure of Bungie Studios to develop Halo games. Currently working on Halo: Infinite, launching in 2021
Compulsion Games – Acquired in 2018, they developed We Happy Few and recently released the last DLC for the game in late 2019. They are working on an unannounced game.
Double Fine Productions – Acquired in 2019, they developed Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and Broken Age plus remastered classic games like Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle. They’re currently developing Psychonauts 2 for launch in 2021
inXile Entertainment – Acquired in 2018, they developed the Wasteland and Bard’s Tale series. They launched Wasteland 3 this year with DLC planned post-launch.
Mojang Studios – Acquired in 2014, Mojang is the company behind Minecraft. The studio launched Minecraft Dungeons this year and has already released two DLC packs for the game, with more to follow.
Ninja Theory – Acquired in 2018, the studio developed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Heavenly Sword. They released Bleeding Edge this year and are currently working on Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II and Project: Mara.
Obsidian Entertainment – Acquired in 2018, they developed Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and The Outer Worlds. They’re currently working on Grounded, which is in early access, and a big budget first-person RPG based on the lore of Pillars of Eternity: Avowed.
Playground Games – The team behind the Forza Horizon franchise, they’re currently working on the next Fable game and Forza Horizon 5.
Rare – Acquired in 2002, the studio’s claim to fame Battletoads, Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark, and Banjo-Kazooie. They developed and continue to support Sea of Thieves and launched Battletoads, a reboot of the original, this year. They’re currently working on a new IP, Everwild.
The Coalition – The development studio was created after the acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. The studio launched Gears 5 in late 2019.
The Initiative – Created in 2018, the studio is currently working on an unannounced game.
Turn 10 Studios – The developer behind the Forza Motorsport franchise is currently working on the next title in the franchise simply called Forza Motorsport.
Undead Labs – Acquired in 2018, the studio developed the State of Decay series. They’re currently working on State of Decay 3.
World's Edge – Created in 2019, the studio will be developing all the Age of Empires franchise, and maybe other RTS like Age of Mythology. Hard at work on Age of Empires IV.
Bethesda Game Studios – Acquired in 2020, the studio as developed The Elder Scrolls III, IV, and V, and Fallout 3, 4, and 76. They’re currently developed Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI.
id Software – Acquired in 2020, they’re the masterminds behind the DOOM franchise and released DOOM Eternal earlier this year.
ZeniMax Online Studios – Acquired in 2020, the studio developed and continue to work on The Elder Scrolls Online.
Arkane – Acquired in 2020, the studio created the Dishonored franchise and assisted in developing Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot. The studio is currently working on Deathloop, a timed exclusive for PlayStation 5, due in 2021.
MachineGames – Acquired in 2020, the studio worked on the Wolfenstein franchise since 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Tango Gameworks – Acquired in 2020, the studio is known for The Evil Within franchise. They’re currently developing Ghostwire: Tokyo, a timed exclusive for PlayStation 5 due in 2021.
Alpha Dog – Acquired in 2020, the studio develops mobile games for iOS and Android. Their latest project is Ninja Golf and continues to support MonstroCity: Rampage and Wraithborne.
Roundhouse Studios – Acquired in 2020, this one is interesting. The studio was created by Bethesda Softworks in 2019 with former Human Head Studios developers to work on unannounced games.
Xbox Game Studios Publishing – The publishing arm of the game studios under Xbox Game Studios
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