Xbox Game Studios
Also Known As +
- Microsoft Studios (from 2011-06-06 to 2019-02-05)
- Microsoft Game Studios (from 2001 to 2011-06-06)
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Microsoft entered the home video games console market in 2001 with the Xbox.
The Microsoft Game Studios label was introduced in July 2002 for products developed in-house or as first-party software for the Xbox console. Next to the original development teams, Microsoft also set up or acquired a number of studios, such as Bungie, Carbonated Games, Ensemble, FASA Interactive, Lionhead, Rare, Turn 10, Wingnut Interactive, 343 Industries (2007), Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver (2011), Twisted Pixel Games (2011) and Black Tusk Studios (2012).
Between 2007 and 2009 the company lost or closed four of its development studios:
- Bungie (became independent again)
- FASA Interactive (closed)
- Ensemble Studios (closed)
- Aces Game Studio (closed)
In June 2011, during the E3 convention, the company announced that it would be "rebranding" the name to Microsoft Studios.
On 5 February 2019, the company rebranded again as Xbox Game Studios.
As of 21 September 2020, Xbox Game Studios is comprised of the following known subsidiaries:
- 343 Industries
- Alpha Dog Games
- Arkane Studios (with development team in Austin)
- Bethesda Game Studios (with development teams in Austin, Dallas, and Montréal)
- Bethesda Softworks
- The Coalition (formerly known as Zipline Studios, Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver, and Black Tusk Studios)
- Compulsion Games
- Double Fine Productions
- The Initiative
- id Software, Inc.
- inXile Entertainment
- Ninja Theory Ltd.
- Obsidian Entertainment
- Playground Games
- Roundhouse Games
- Tango Gameworks
- Turn 10 Studios
- Undead Labs LLC
- World's Edge
- ZeniMax Media
- ZeniMax Online Studios
1,731 Games Released (2001 - 2023)
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- December 5th, 2000
The company acquires Digital Anvil and folds it into its internal Microsoft Game Studios system.
- November 2001
Microsoft release the Xbox, their first home entertainment console, along with 1st person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved.
Xbox Live, the official online system for the Xbox console, opens its doors.
- June 2002
Microsoft Game Studios label launched.
- January 2004
Ed Fries leaves the company. Under his lead, the X-box was launched and top games such as Halo and the Age of Empires series were released.
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Some working titles for the Xbox 360 console were Project Xenon, Xbox 2 and Xbox Next.
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