Bethesda Game Studios

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Bethesda Game Studios
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2001; 17 years ago (2001)
Headquarters Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Key people
Todd Howard (executive producer)
Number of employees
180[1] (2017)
Parent Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Game Studios is an American video game developer, acting as in-house development team for parent company Bethesda Softworks, established in 2001. Previously synonymous with its parent publisher, the studio's name and logo were established with the release of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind in 2002. The studio is led by executive producer Todd Howard. A second studio, Bethesda Game Studios Montreal, was opened in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, followed by a third studio in Austin, Texas.


Bethesda Game Studios was established in 2001. All of the developers from Bethesda Softworks moved to Bethesda Game Studios in 2002, when Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios became separated between publisher and developer. In the past, not all titles were published by the Softworks division. However, beginning with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the PlayStation 3, Bethesda Softworks began publishing all Bethesda Game Studios games.

At a time in the mid-2000s, Bethesda Game Studios had two teams—one that made the role-playing video games, and another that was focusing on the International Hot Rod Association drag racing titles.

On December 9, 2015, a new studio located in Montreal was established by Bethesda. The new studio is led by Yves Lachance, the former head of Behaviour Interactive, and is set to broaden Bethesda's portfolio of games across all gaming platforms.[2]

In March 2018, the Bethesda subsidiary BattleCry Studios LLC was rebranded as Bethesda Game Studios Austin, making it the third such studio under the label.[3]

Games developed

Since its formation, Bethesda Game Studios has principally been involved in the development of role-playing video games with the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series for consoles and personal computers, all which have been generally commercial and financial successes.[4][5]

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, studio director Todd Howard said that they are in development of another mobile title following on the success of Fallout Shelter.[6]

In 2016, Todd Howard confirmed that while they are developing The Elder Scrolls 6, release will not be for a long time, and two other significant projects are under development which will probably be released prior.[7] As of April 2018, neither of these have been formally announced.

Year Title Genre(s) Platform(s)
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
2008 Fallout 3
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2015 Fallout Shelter Simulation iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Fallout 4 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2016 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
2017 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
2017 Fallout 4 VR Microsoft Windows

Expansion packs

Year Title Original game Platform(s)
2002 Tribunal The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Microsoft Windows
2003 Bloodmoon
2006 Knights of the Nine The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2007 Shivering Isles
2009 Operation: Anchorage Fallout 3
The Pitt
Broken Steel
Point Lookout
Mothership Zeta
2012 Dawnguard The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2016 Automatron Fallout 4 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Wasteland Workshop
Far Harbor
Contraptions Workshop
Vault-Tec Workshop



  1. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (February 23, 2017). "DICE 2017: Fallout 4 Director Todd Howard on Bethesda Game Studios' Creative Process". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ Kato, Matthew (December 9, 2015). "Bethesda Opens New Studio In Montreal". Game Informer. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dring, Christopher (March 9, 2018). "BattleCry Studios becomes third Bethesda Game Studios office". Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ Petty, Jared (June 14, 2016). "Bethesda Says Two Upcoming Games Are as Big as Skyrim and Fallout". IGN. 
  5. ^ Davidson, John (February 18, 2017). "Bethesda's Todd Howard Hints at 3 New Games". Glixel. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ Makuch, Eddie (February 17, 2017). "Skyrim Director Teases Next Mobile Game". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Chalk, Andy. "The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development, Todd Howard confirms". pcgamer. PC Gamer. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "SpikeTV Video Game Awards 2011". Spike (TV network). Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nominees | The Game Awards 2015". The Game Awards. Ola Balola. November 12, 2015. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kerr, Chris (December 14, 2016). "Bethesda game director Todd Howard to be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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