Every First-Party Xbox Game Studio
This list includes those soon to be made official following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios has continued to grow into an absolute behemoth over the last several years. What began as a small, ragtag group hoping to convince Bill Gates that video games were a viable opportunity for the company is now a core component of its business. Since Phil Spencer became Head of Xbox, it has only grown bigger, acquiring major studios like Obsidian as well as entire publishers like Bethesda and, if the deal goes through, Activision Blizzard. That puts Xbox Game Studios at 30 different studios, all making a variety of games and contributing to Xbox Game Pass. Below, we've listed every studio Microsoft owns (or will own), broken down into three categories: Microsoft-branded, Bethesda-branded, or Activision Blizzard-branded.
It's worth noting that the number we got adds up to 33 studios--not 30--and we've reach out to Microsoft for clarification.
Primary studio behind the Halo franchise.
Oversees Age of Empires series, though does not serve as primary developer.
Primary studio behind Gears of War franchise.
Developer of We Happy Few.
Double Fine Productions
Developer of Psychonauts 2, Broken Age, The Cave, Massive Chalice, and more.
Developer of Perfect Dark reboot.
Developer of Wasteland series.
Developer of Minecraft.
Developer of Hellblade series, Bleeding Edge, and experimental small-scale games.
Developer of Avowed, Grounded, The Outer Worlds, and other role-playing games.
Developers of Forza Horizon series and upcoming Fable reboot.
Developer of Sea of Thieves, Banjo-Kazooie, Everwild, and more.
Developer of Forza Motorsport.
Developer of State of Decay
Bethesda Game Studios
Developer of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Starfield.
Alpha Dog Games
Mobile developer focused on 3D games.
Developer of The Elder Scrolls Online.
Developer of The Evil Within and GhostWire: Tokyo
Developer of Doom and Quake.
Developer of Dishonored, Prey, and Deathloop.
Developer of Wolfenstein and new Indiana Jones game.
Formed from previous Human Head Studios, currently no announced projects.
Call of Duty: Black Ops developer.
Toys For Bob
Skylanders and Crash Bandicoot developer.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone developer.
Call of Duty support studio, previously made Singularity and Star Wars games.
Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: WWII developer.
Support studio, previously developed Prototype series.
Developer and publisher of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch.
Support studio, primarily on Call of Duty games.
3D mobile game developer.
High Moon Studios
Call of Duty support studio, previously made Deadpool and Transformers games.
Mobile game giant best known for Candy Crush Saga.
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