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Bethesda Softworks LLC

Overview

Bethesda Softworks LLC is a Rockville, Maryland, based game developer and publisher which was founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver.

In 1994, the company became known as the "entertainment software division" of Media Technology Limited, an international engineering research and development firm founded by members of the Architecture Machine Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), of which Chris Weaver was CEO.

From Christopher Weaver (Jan 29, 2002):
"I founded Bethesda in 1986. To the best of our knowledge (and Johnny Wilson agrees with this so you can assume this information is reasonably accurate) we invented physics-based sports games. Our Gridiron! football program (for Amiga and Atari) was not statistically based but built to incorporate a bounded system of man-made rules operating within a physics-based world engine. So impressive was this novel system that Trip Hawkins, then President of Electronic Arts, asked Bethesda to become an affiliate and help design their "new" football game, John Madden Football."

"So, the best selling football game of all time was based in part upon Bethesda's design and physics-based approach to its Gridiron! game."

"Similarly, Bethesda created the Terminator series, years before id came up with Doom, and also introduced The Elder Scrolls series of RPG's starting with Arena, then Daggerfall and the soon-to-be-released (March/April 2002) third chapter, Morrowind. The Elder Scrolls series set new standards for large scale role-playing and influenced the RPG community in everything from single player to massively multiplayer games that were to follow."

"You may also be interested to learn that Bethesda Softworks is one of the last surviving private software publishers that was one of the original industry veterans in the 1980's such as EA, Origin, Sierra, Legend, etc. The fact that Bethesda is still publishing hit games (such as Morrowind) 17 years after its founding says a lot. While others around it have died or been swallowed up, Bethesda keeps marching to its own drummer..."
In 1999, Bethesda was acquired by ZeniMax Media Inc. when Media Technology Limited sold its stock to get additional development funds. Weaver and Robert Altman were the founders of the successor company.

The company's internal development division is Bethesda Game Studios and was established in 2001.

Games

Fallout 76: Wastelanders Deluxe Edition(2020)
Fallout 76: Raiders Content Bundle(2020)
Fallout 76: Raiders & Settlers Content Bundle(2020)
Fallout 76: Settlers Content Bundle(2020)
DOOM 64(2020)
DOOM Eternal(2020)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood / Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot(2019)
Rage 2: Terrormania(2019)
Fallout 76: Fallout 1st - 12-Month Membership(2019)
Fallout 76: Fallout 1st - 1-Month Membership(2019)
Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts(2019)
Fallout 76: 1000 (+500 Bonus!) Atoms - Limited-Time Gamescom Bundle(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Digital Limited Edition)(2019)
DOOM³(2019)
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Deluxe Edition Upgrade(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - 1100 Gold Bars(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - 2500 Gold Bars(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Deluxe Edition)(2019)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - 500 Gold Bars(2019)
Fallout 76: 1000 (+500 Bonus!) Atoms - Limited-Time E3 Bundle(2019)
Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, The(2019)
Elder Scrolls Online: Newcomer Pack, The(2019)
Rage 2(2019)
Rage 2 (Deluxe Edition)(2019)
Rage 2: 4500 RAGE Coins(2019)
Rage 2: 2500 RAGE Coins(2019)
Rage 2: 500 RAGE Coins(2019)
Rage 2: 1100 RAGE Coins(2019)
Fallout 76: Tricentennial Pack(2019)
Prey: Typhon Hunter(2018)
The Elder Scrolls: Blades(2018)
Fallout 76: 4000 (+1000 Bonus) Atoms(2018)
Fallout 76: 2000 (+400 Bonus) Atoms(2018)
Fallout 76 (Tricentennial Edition)(2018)
Fallout 76 (Power Armor Edition)(2018)
Fallout 76: 1000 (+100 Bonus) Atoms(2018)
Fallout 76: 500 Atoms(2018)
Fallout 76(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Crate of Nuka-Cola Quantum(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Bundle of 15 Lunchboxes(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Bundle of 40 Lunchboxes(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Bundle of 5 Lunchboxes(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Refrigerator of Nuka-Cola Quantum(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Bundle of 5 Mr. Handys(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Case of Nuka-Cola Quantum(2018)
Fallout Shelter: 6 Pack of Nuka-Cola Quantum(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Single Mr. Handy(2018)
Fallout Shelter: Cooler of Nuka-Cola Quantum(2018)

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Trivia

The German online magazine 4Players named Bethesda as Best Developer of 2011.

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