All The New Bethesda Studios And Games Microsoft Owns

Microsoft's big new acquisition includes a whopping eight studios, covering a wide array of game franchises.

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Microsoft made a big splash with the announcement that it was acquiring Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax. The deal includes huge franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom, but that's not all. The acquisition actually includes eight new studios, all of which will now become first-party for Microsoft. it's unclear whether that will lead to things like Starfield or Elder Scrolls VI becoming Xbox exclusive, although we do know Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo will release on PS5, as previously planned. Whatever these particulars might be, what does the Xbox Game Studios lineup now look like?

In the announcement, Microsoft mentioned all the studios represented by the acquisition. The company didn't outline specific current or future game projects in the works from each studio, but we know some of them from prior announcements. Many recent games were co-developed across multiple studios.

Studios Included In Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition

  • Bethesda Softworks (publisher)
  • Bethesda Game Studios
    • Fallout 76
    • Elder Scrolls Blades
    • Starfield
    • Elder Scrolls 6
  • id Software
    • Doom (series)
    • Rage (series)
    • Wolfenstein (series)
  • ZeniMax Online Studios
    • Elder Scrolls Online
    • Fallout 76
  • Arkane
    • Dishonored (series)
    • Prey
    • Deathloop
    • Wolfenstein Youngblood
  • MachineGames
    • Wolfenstein Youngblood
  • Tango Gameworks
    • The Evil Within (series)
    • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Alpha Dog
    • MonstroCity: Rampage (mobile)
  • Roundhouse Studios (formerly Human Head)
    • Prey

We can expect many of these games to hit Xbox Game Pass, along with new releases like Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6. That's already a hefty catalog of new franchises under the Xbox umbrella, but questions have been popping up across social media regarding partnerships or interplays between those and other, currently owned Microsoft studios.

Obsidian, which had been acquired by Microsoft in 2018, gave a coy answer to a fan who asked if a real sequel to Fallout: New Vegas was now possible.

Obsidian developed the popular take on Fallout, but it hasn't been involved in the series since. One of its recent games, The Outer Worlds, was widely seen as a spacefaring take on many of Fallout's mechanics and concepts. Currently, Obsidian is working on its early access game Grounded, and its next RPG, Avowed.

And the studio Rebellion wondered aloud if this means that Microsoft now owns the rights to Rogue Warrior.

As noted above, PS5 exclusives Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop will still be coming to that platform, according to a comment made by Phil Spencer to Bloomberg. Bethesda has also stated that Elder Scrolls Online support will continue on PS4.

These studios complement the existing slate of Xbox Game Studios. Those already represented a wide swath of exclusives and first-party franchises, including Halo, Gears of War, and Minecraft. The Bethesda acquisition helps round out the portfolio, especially when it comes to two key genres: first-person shooters with the addition of Doom and Wolfenstein, and RPGs with franchises like Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Arkane also adds weight to the library with critical successes, albeit ones that aren't as commercially explosive as some of Bethesda's other games.

Xbox Game Studios (new acquisitions bolded)

  • 343 Industries
    • Halo (series)
  • AlphaDog
  • Arkane
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • Compulsion Games
    • We Happy Few
  • Double Fine Productions
    • Psychonauts 2
  • id Software
  • inExile Entertainment
  • MachineGames
  • Mojang Studios
    • Minecraft (series)
  • Ninja Theory
    • (Hellblade, Bleeding Edge)
  • Obsidian Entertainment
    • (Outer Worlds, Grounded, Avowed)
  • Playground Games
    • Fable, Forza Horizon
  • Rare
    • Sea of Thieves, Everwild
  • Roundhouse Studios
  • Tango Gameworks
  • The Coalition
    • Gears of War (series)
  • The Initiative
    • New IP
  • Turn 10 Studios
    • Forza Motorsport (series)
  • Undead Labs
    • State of Decay (series)
  • World's Edge
    • Age of Empires (series)
  • Xbox Game Studios Publishing
  • ZeniMax Online Studios

The acquisition news came one day before preorders go live for Xbox Series X and Series S. Read our Xbox Series X and Series S preorder guide for more details.

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