Bethesda Game Studios
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Number of employees
Bethesda Game Studios (BGS) is an American video game developer and a division of Bethesda Softworks based in Rockville, Maryland. The company was established in 2001 as the spin-off of Bethesda Softworks' development unit, with Bethesda Softworks itself retaining only a publishing function. The studio is led by Todd Howard as executive producer and Ashley Cheng as studio director. BGS operates three satellite studios, of which one in Montreal and two in Texas, and employs 400 people as of July 2018.
In 2001, ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, decided that the two operational units at Bethesda Softworks, development and publishing, should be split apart. Subsequently, Bethesda Softworks retained the publishing, while development staff was moved to the newly established Bethesda Game Studios.
On December 9, 2015, ZeniMax Media announced the formation Bethesda Game Studios Montreal, a new BGS studio located in Montreal, Quebec. Led by Yves Lachance, the former head of Behaviour Interactive, the studio was set to broaden BGS' portfolio of games across all gaming platforms.
- Bethesda Game Studios Montreal in Montreal, Quebec; founded in December 2015.
- Bethesda Game Studios Austin in Austin, Texas; founded as BattleCry Studios, a subsidiary of ZeniMax, in October 2012, and re-arranged as part of BGS in March 2018.
- Bethesda Game Studios Dallas in Dallas, Texas; founded as Escalation Studios in 2007, acquired by ZeniMax in February 2017, and re-arranged as part of BGS in August 2018.
Since its foundation, Bethesda Game Studios has principally been involved in the development of role-playing video games with their The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series for consoles and personal computers, almost all of which have been commercially and financially successful.
In 2015, the studio entered into the mobile gaming market with Fallout Shelter based on the same franchise, which gained 50 million players by mid-2016. In February 2017, Howard said that they are in development of another mobile title following onto the success of Fallout Shelter. This was revealed in 2018 to be The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
In 2016, Howard confirmed that while they are developing The Elder Scrolls VI, it was still a long way to the game's release. Meanwhile, two other significant projects are in development which are expected to be released prior to The Elder Scrolls VI. On May 30, 2018, Fallout 76 was announced. On June 10, 2018, during Bethesda's E3 2018 conference, the other project in development was revealed to be the company's first new intellectual property in 25 years, Starfield, which is in production and is expected to be released on the next generation of gaming platforms. Todd Howard revealed that Fallout 76 was Bethesda Game Studios first online-only role-playing survival game. However, the game has received a notable amount of criticism from fans and critics alike.
|2002||The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind||Action role-playing||Microsoft Windows, Xbox|
|2004||IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005||Racing||PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2006||The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion||Action role-playing||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2011||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|2015||Fallout Shelter||Simulation||Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Fallout 4||Action role-playing||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|2016||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|2017||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|Fallout 4 VR||Microsoft Windows|
|2018||Fallout 76||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|2019||The Elder Scrolls: Blades||Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows|
|The Elder Scrolls VI|
|2002||Tribunal||The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind||Microsoft Windows, Xbox|
|2006||Knights of the Nine||The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2009||Operation: Anchorage||Fallout 3|
|2012||Dawnguard||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|2016||Automatron||Fallout 4||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
- 2011 Spike Video Game Awards — Studio of the Year
- 2015 The Game Awards — Developer of the Year (nominated)
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