In the run-up to the launch of Xbox Series X/S consoles, Microsoft had been picking up lots of different game studios, adding plenty of weight to their first-party offerings, and helping to make Game Pass one of the best subscription services in gaming. Recently Microsoft dropped a bombshell, announcing that they had picked up Zenimax, owners of studios like Bethesda, Id Software, and Arcane studios.
Below, you will find a full list of studios owned by Microsoft, and the games that they make. It is clear that Microsoft plans to put together a powerful and talented collection of studios and developers as they move into the next generation of hardware, and the next era of gaming.
Frankly, we expect the below list to continue growing, and will keep it updated if and when Microsoft announce any more studio acquisitions.
- 343 Industries – Halo
- Arkane Studios – Dishonored, Deathloop, Prey
- Bethesda Game Studios – Fallout series, Skyrim series
- Compulsion Games – Contrast and We Happy Few
- Double Fine Productions – Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Grim Fandango
- id Software – Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake, Rage
- inXile Entertainment – Wasteland and Bard’s Tale
- Machinegames – has been looking after the Wolfenstein series since 2014’s The New Order
- Mojang Studios – Minecraft
- Ninja Theory – DmC: Devil May Cry, Hellblade series
- Obsidian Entertainment – The Outer Worlds, Fallout: New Vegas, Grounded
- Playground Games – Forza Horizons
- Rare – Sea of Thieves, Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie
- Tango Gameworks – The Evil Within
- The Coalition – Gears of War
- The Initiative – set up in 2018 to work on new first-party projects
- Turn 10 Studios – Forza Motorsport
- Undead Labs – State of Decay
- World’s Edge – established in 2019 to develop Age of Empires projects
- Zenimax Studios Online – The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 76