Xbox Game Studios |OT8| Leaving The Drought Behind And Heading For Starfield

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Who We Are

We’re more than a studio, we’re a family of talented developers who are committed to making awesome experiences for our fans. To achieve that, it certainly takes a diverse team, which is why we’re home to everything from artists, engineers, designers, administrators, and inventors – but more than that, these same people are parents, pilots, painters – they’re activists, cyclists and collectors – their personal and domestic passions are as much a part of what makes this studio tick, as any detail on a resume. So those passions are woven into our social tapestry too, in our softball team, in our cook-offs, in our board game marathons, in our hiking and biking adventures – and much, much more.

Website Founded: 2007 Studio Size: ~750 employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2013 Halo: Spartan Assault Xbox One, PC, Mobile 53/70/86
2012 Halo 4 Xbox 360 87
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One 85
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One 84
2015 Halo: Spartan Strike PC, Mobile 86
2016 Halo 5: Forge PC N/A
2017 Halo Wars Definitive Edition Xbox One, PC 81
2017 Halo Wars 2 Xbox One, PC 79
2020 Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC
2021 Halo Infinite Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC 87

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

ABOUT US

The Coalition is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals, united in their passion for Gears of War. As a Microsoft first-party studio, we focus on pushing the limits of interactive entertainment and taking Gears to new heights.

We believe that if you want to go far, go together. It takes a diverse team of people sharing a common vision to make a groundbreaking game. Mutual trust, a shared purpose, and the determination to overcome any obstacles together defines what it means to have a great team. We also believe that fun games can only come from teams that have fun! We take our work seriously, but not ourselves.

And when it comes to having fun, it helps that The Coalition calls beautiful Vancouver, Canada home. With a mild climate, vibrant nightlife, abundant arts and culture, diverse culinary scene, and no end of outdoor adventures, the area has something for everyone.

Website Founded: 2010 Studio Size: 350+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2015 Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One, PC 82/73
2016 Gears of War 4 Xbox One, PC 84/86
2019 Gears Pop! Mobile N/A
2019 Gears 5 Xbox One, PC 85/82
2020 Gears Tactics PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X 81
2020 Gears 5 Hivebusters PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X 81

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Gears 6
  • 2nd Team working on smaller Unreal Engine 5 project

Where the most talented people create great games, develop rewarding careers, and shape the future of automotive entertainment together.

Located in Redmond, Washington, Turn 10 Studios is the creator of the Forza franchise and the developer of the Forza Motorsport series of games.

Turn 10 is a division of Microsoft Games Studios and was established in 2001 as a first-party game developer. The studio’s first game – the original Forza Motorsport – launched in May 2005. With an emphasis on cutting edge simulation and showcasing both Xbox Live as well as the Xbox hardware, the game launched to critical acclaim. It quickly gathered a passionate automotive community, known equally for its driving skill and artistic creativity. Since then, the series has become a favorite for gamers and automotive enthusiasts around the world. As a first-party studio, Turn 10 is on the leading edge of technology innovation and has created amazing experiences built to show off the best of first-party hardware and services, including Xbox Live, Kinect, and the Xbox One X.

In 2012, the universe of Forza expanded with the introduction of the open-world Forza Horizon series of games. Developed by Playground Games, the Forza Horizon series has enjoyed tremendous worldwide success, and represents an entirely new expression of the Forza franchise vision.

Forza’s official Esports series, the Forza Racing Championship, launched in 2016, featuring the best drivers in the world competing in Forza Motorsport games to become the ForzaRC champion. ForzaRC drivers have competed all around the world, with winners standing atop the podium at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans after competing in ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup.

At Turn 10 our goal is to make great racing games that represent the passion & diversity of our studio and our community, all over the world.

Website Founded: 2001 Studio Size: 150+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2005 Forza Motorsport Xbox 92
2007 Forza Motorsport 2 Xbox 360 90
2009 Forza Motorsport 3 Xbox 360 92
2011 Forza Motorsport 4 Xbox 360 91
2013 Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One 79
2015 Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One 87
2016 Forza Motorsport 6: Apex PC N/A
2017 Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox One, PC 86/82

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Forza Motorsport

RARE: A 35-YEAR RECAP

Established in 1985 to focus on the expanding console market, we partnered with Nintendo and quickly sealed a reputation for quality with titles including Battletoads , Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye .

The acquisition of Rare by Microsoft Game Studios came about in 2002 after a colossally successful run of titles throughout the 1990s. We went on to support the Xbox 360 debut with two of the three launch games, Kameo: Elements of Power and Perfect Dark Zero . Subsequent years saw us innovate with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts , the addictive Viva Piñata franchise and our pioneering work on Xbox 360 Avatars.

In more recent years our investigations into cutting-edge motion control resulted in the multi-million-selling, double BAFTA-winning Kinect Sports series. With development now firmly established for Xbox One and Windows 10, we’re still hard at work here in our custom-built English countryside HQ. Galvanised by the opportunity to celebrate our heritage with the Rare Replay anniversary collection, we followed it up with our most ambitious undertaking to date: creating a world of legendary pirate adventures for players to tackle together in Sea of Thieves. Then came X019 in London and the unveiling of Rare’s very latest world of wonder, Everwild.

With Everwild underway, Sea of Thieves receiving regular post-launch content updates and much more still to come from Rare, here’s to another productive few decades!

Website Founded: 1985 Studio Size: 250+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1988 R.C Pro-Am NES N/A
1989 Marble Madness NES N/A
1990 Snake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll NES N/A
1991 Battletoads NES N/A
1994 Donkey Kong Country SNES 78
1994 Killer Instinct Arcade N/A
1995 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest SNES 80
1995 Killer Instinct 2 Arcade N/A
1996 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble SNES N/A
1997 Goldeneye 007 Nintendo 64 96
1997 Diddy Kong Racing Nintendo 64 88
1998 Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64 92
1999 Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 80
1999 Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 90
1998 Banjo-Tooie Nintendo 64 90
2000 Perfect Dark Nintendo 64 97
2001 Conker’s Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64 92
2002 Star Fox Adventures Nintendo GameCube 82
2003 Grabbed by the Ghoulies Xbox 82
2005 Conker Live & Reloaded Xbox 78
2005 Kameo: Elements of Power Xbox 360 79
2005 Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 81
2006 Viva Piñata Xbox 360, PC 84
2007 Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 73
2008 Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise Xbox 360 82
2008 Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Xbox 360 79
2010 Kinect Sports Xbox 360 73
2011 Kinect Sports: Season 2 Xbox 360 66
2014 Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One 60
2015 Rare Replay Xbox One 84
2018 Sea of Thieves Xbox One, PC 69/67
2020 Battletoads (in collab. with Dlala Studios) Xbox One, PC 72

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

MEET MOJANG STUDIOS

We have a new name, a new logo, and a new trailer!

TOOOT! Sound the annoyingly loud birthday alarm, because it’s Minecraft’s 11th birthday! To celebrate, we thought about eating a lot of block-shaped cake, like last year.

Then we figured, why not unveil a new name, a new logo, and the secret sauce that makes the entire machine run instead? While also eating a lot of cake? Much better! Let’s do that.

But why would we need a new name and logo in the first place? Well, why not? Humans like to reinvent themselves from time to time, so it’s only right that we extend the same courtesy to a company that’s been around for over a decade. I mean, would you still wear the outfit that perfectly defined your style in 2009?

Also, so much has happened since then! From our humble beginnings in Stockholm, we are entering the 20’s as a multi-title, multi-location company. Following Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons, we’re planning a feature film, preparing an epic live show, and playing with ideas for brand new games.

There are also several studios around the world, all part of Mojang . Which, in a stroke of genius, inspired our new name… drumroll and birthday alarm blareMojang Studios .

Website Founded: 2009 Studio Size: 600+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2011 Minecraft PC 93
2012-Present Minecraft Every platform on earth 80-89
2016 Cobalt Xbox One, PC 66/69
2019 Minecraft Earth Mobile N/A
2020 Minecraft Dungeons Xbox One, Switch, PS4 PC 74/72/78/70

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Minecraft Dungeons DLC

About Playground

Playground Games was established in 2010, bringing together some of the most experienced and talented developers from the UK industry, with the vision to create genre-defining titles for a global audience. Since then, we’ve created four critically-acclaimed, award-winning hits; our Horizon games have garnered more than one hundred awards and have been played by many millions of fans.

Today, Playground has two world-class studios in Leamington Spa. In our original HQ, we continue to support and grow the huge, vibrant Horizon community. In our new studio on the other side of town, we are excited to be developing Fable, a new beginning for the legendary franchise.

Website Founded: 2009 Studio Size: 300+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2012 Forza Horizon Xbox 360 85
2014 Forza Horizon 2 Xbox 360, Xbox One 86
2016 Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One, PC 91/86
2018 Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One, PC 92/88
2021 Forza Horizon 5 Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC 92

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Fable

ABOUT

Ninja Theory Ltd. was formed in 2004 by four partners, including current Directors Nina Kristensen (Chief Development Director), Tameem Antoniades (Chief Creative Director) and Jez San OBE (Non-Executive Director). The studio pride themselves on striving for the highest production values and continually pushing the boundaries of technology, art and design to create evermore exciting video game experiences.

Ninja Theory are proud to have worked with a long list of collaborators from creative industries outside of video games, including Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Hobbit), Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later), Nitin Sawhney (BBC’s Human Planet), Noisia (Split The Atom) and Combichrist (Making Monsters). As well as partnering with talent from the world of music, literature and film, Ninja Theory pioneered the use of Performance Capture in video games.

Website Founded: 2004 Studio Size: ~120 employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2003 Kung Fu Chaos Xbox 68
2007 Heavenly Sword PlayStation 3 79
2010 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 82/80/70
2013 DmC: Devil May Cry Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 86/85/85
2015 DmC: Devil May Cry Special Edition Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 86/83
2017 Dexed PlayStation 4, PC (2016) 65
2017 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One (2018), Switch (2019) 81/83/88/80
2018 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR PC 87
2019 A Star Wars VR Series: Vader Immortal PC 78
2020 Bleeding Edge Xbox One, PC 66/62

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga
  • Project Mara
  • Project Insight

STUDIO

The Initiative is a new game development studio located blocks from the beach in sunny Santa Monica, CA. Our Mission is to create ambitious and innovative game experiences that our audience will love. We are passionate about craft, creating stories, and building the next big thing in gaming.

We are a tight knit team of experienced creators bound by the desire to push the art of video games forward. We work in an inspirational space in Santa Monica where we can immerse ourselves in the creative process. We operate as an independent studio under the banner and financial backing of Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft.

Everything we do comes from a passion for innovation and the ambition to create something groundbreaking. We believe that teamwork, diversity of thought, and a personal drive to build something great are the keys to our success.

Website Founded: 2018 Studio Size: ~70 employees

Notable Releases:

  • Will update as more info is made known.

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Perfect Dark for Xbox Series X|S

The Lab

Undead Labs is a Seattle, Washington-based game development studio that’s on a mission to take gaming in bold new directions. Jeff Strain, an MMO industry veteran, formed the lab in 2009 with the goal of building a creative studio around the most talented developers in the industry. You can read all the details in the Undead Labs formation announcement.

Our talented developers set out first to create the definitive zombie-survival game for gamers. In 2011 the lab partnered with Microsoft Game Studios to publish State of Decay, an open world zombie survival game for PC and Xbox360. By 2015, State of Decay allowed over two million gamers to test their survivalist wits to the ultimate test and fight alongside friends to reclaim the world from the undead hordes.

Undead Labs is an elite team of programmers, artists, designers, musicians, and producers. We are excited about bringing fresh new takes on gaming to the gaming community. If you are interested in joining us at the Lab check out the job postings on our Jobs Page.

Website Founded: 2009 Studio Size: 100+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2013 State of Decay Xbox 360, PC 78
2018 State of Decay 2 Xbox One, PC 68

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • State of Decay 3

A small studio in a big industry

Compulsion is 40 people squatting in an old gramophone factory in Saint Henri, Montréal. Founded in 2009, we want to create interesting, fun games that are out of the ordinary. We like to think of ourselves as craftsmen, who create games that we love and are proud of. We make games because we’re excited about them, and about the concepts and ideas they contain (like shadow shifting, or a talking mask).

We make games about real people in sometimes ridiculous worlds, and want to tell stories that aren’t just “I am a prince, look! a monster, I must hit it with a stick (a big one) so it dies”.

Website Founded: 2009 Studio Size: 70+ employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2013 Contrast Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 65/59/62
2018 We Happy Few Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 65/68/62

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unannounced third-person game

Overview

Obsidian Entertainment, an Xbox Game Studio based in Irvine, California, is one of the world’s leading developers of role-playing games. Obsidian’s past titles include The Outer Worlds, Pillars of Eternity I & II, Tyranny, Armored Warfare, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege 3, Alpha Protocol, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2. Obsidian also has other unannounced projects in the works

Website Founded: 2003 Studio Size: 230+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2004 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords Xbox, PC (2005) 86/85
2006 Neverwinter Nights 2 PC 82
2010 Alpha Protocol Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 63/64/72
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 84/82/84
2011 Dungeon Siege III Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 72/71/72
2014 South Park: The Stick of Truth Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One/PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch (2018) 82/85/85
2015 Pillars of Eternity PC, Xbox One/PlayStation 4 (2017), Nintendo Switch (2019) 89
2015 Skyforge PC, Xbox One/PlayStation 4 (2017) N/A
2016 Pathfinder Adventures Mobile, PC (2017) 85
2016 Tyranny PC 80
2018 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire PC, Xbox One/PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch (2020) 88/77
2019 The Outer Worlds PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (2020) 82/67
2020 Grounded Xbox One, PC N/A

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Grounded
  • Josh Sawyer’s Project Missouri
  • Avowed
  • The Outer Worlds 2

Overview

inXile entertainment is an Xbox Game Studio developing console and PC titles, with locations in Southern California and New Orleans. Established and headed by Brian Fargo since 2003, inXile has continually delivered innovative and high-quality experiences to our passionate and dedicated fan base. We bring our love for RPGs, deep and engaging stories, and tactical thinking to each of our titles.

Our history of successful crowdfunded releases include Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard’s Tale IV. We’re currently working on Wasteland 3 and other unannounced projects.

Website Founded: 2002 Studio Size: 100+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2004 The Bard’s Tale PC, Ouya, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Mobile 70/76
2008 Line Rider 2: Unbound Mobile, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii 73/59/62
2010 Super Stacker Party PlayStation 3 N/A
2011 Hunted: The Demon’s Forge Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 61/57/61
2012 Choplifter HD Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Ouya 65/71/65
2014 Wasteland 2 PC, Xbox One/PlayStation 4 (2015), Nintendo Switch (2018) 81/77/80/76
2017 Torment: Tides of Numenera Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 79/76/81
2017 The Mage’s Tale PC, PlayStation 4 (2019) 72/69
2018 The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrow’s Deep Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 71
2020 Wasteland Remastered Xbox One, PC 62
2020 Wasteland 3 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 81/86

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unannounced 3rd Person Action AAA RPG

Founded in 2002 by former LucasArts developers led by Tim Schafer, Double Fine Productions is a studio functioning as a masterclass in unique, interesting games focusing on fun above all else, even though they’re really freaking good at the other stuff, too. Among their repertoire are such titles as Psychonauts , Massive Chalice , and the much-beloved Grim Fandango Remastered— itself a modern rendition of a project Tim Schafer created back in the LucasArts days.

Website Founded: 2000 Studio Size: 70+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2005 Psychonauts Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC 88/86/87
2009 Brütal Legend Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (2013) 82/83/80
2010 Costume Quest Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mobile 74/77
2011 Stacking Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (2012) 84/83/80
2011 Iron Brigade Xbox 360, PC 82/75
2011 Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster Xbox 360 79
2012 Double Fine Happy Action Theater Xbox 360 80
2012 Kinect Party Xbox 360 81
2013 The Cave Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU, PC, Mobile 70/72/72/68/65
2014 Broken Age PC, Xbox One (2017), PlayStation 4/Vita (2015), Nintendo Switch (2018), Mobile 76/78/81/90
2014 Costume Quest 2 PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68/74/68/65
2015 Grim Fandango Remastered PC, Nintendo Switch (2018), PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Mobile 84/84/80/84/78
2015 Massive Chalice Xbox One, PC 72/73
2016 Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Mobile 86/84/82
2017 Full Throttle Remastered PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Mobile 77/76
2019 RAD Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC 74
2021 Psychonauts 2 Xbox One, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, PC 87

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Untitled online multiplayer game
  • One Nick knows about and is excited for :slight_smile:

Created by Microsoft in 2019, World’s Edge is headed up by Shannon Loftis and is responsible for managing the Age of Empires franchise in a similar fashion to 343 Industries with Halo and The Coalition with Gears of War. Not much is yet known about the studio, but we’ll surely find out in the months and years to come.

Website Founded: 2019 Studio Size: 50+

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2019 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition PC 84
2020 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC 75
2021 Age of Empires IV PC 81

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning development team known around the world for their groundbreaking work on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. Creators of the 2006 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout 3, the 2011 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and most recently, the 2015 ‘Game of the Year’, the record-breaking Fallout 4, the winner of more than 200 ‘Best Of’ awards including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year, Fallout Shelter, the award-winning mobile game with more than 120 million users, and most recently the highly-anticipated Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished game development studios.

Website Founded: 2001 Studio Size: 420+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2002 Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Xbox, PC 87/89
2004 IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005 Xbox, PlayStation 2 36
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 94/93/94
2008 Fallout 3 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 93/90/91
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, lol everything 96/92/94
2015 Fallout Shelter Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mobile 61/63/71
2015 Fallout 4 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 88/87/84
2018 Fallout 76 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 49/53/52
2019 The Elder Scrolls: Blades Nintendo Switch, Mobile 42

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Starfield
  • The Elder Scrolls VI

Founded in 2007, ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS was established to take the legendary Elder Scrolls franchise online. Since then, we’ve attracted and developed internally some of the most talented individuals in the industry, and we work to foster a collaborative, encouraging, and open working environment while developing our current and future projects.

Website Founded: 2007 Studio Size: 383 Employees (LinkedIn)

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2014 Elder Scrolls Online Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac 71

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, has provided technical, design and artistic leadership as a world-renowned game developer and technology innovator since its founding in 1991. id Software’s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, QUAKE® and RAGE® have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. At id Software, everything revolves around the people; we believe in hiring the best and brightest and giving them the tools and the environment to be successful. These principles have guided us successfully for over twenty years and will continue to guide us into the future.

Website Founded: 1991 Studio Size: 300+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1990 Commander Keen in the Invasion of the Vorticons PC N/A
1992 Wolfenstein 3D PC N/A
1993 Doom PC, Everything else later N/A
1994 Doom II PC, Everything else later 83
1996 Quake PC, Sega Saturn (1997), Nintendo 64 (1998) 94/74
1997 Quake II PC, Nintendo 64 (1999), PlayStation (1999) N/A
1999 Quake III Arena PC, Dreamcast (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000) 93
2004 Doom 3 PC, Xbox (2005) 87/88
2010 Quake Live PC NA
2011 Rage Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 81/81/79
2016 Doom Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch (2017) 87/85/85/79
2018 Quake Champions PC N/A
2020 Doom Eternal Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Google Stadia 88/87/88

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Helping Machine on Quake Reboot

ABOUT MACHINE GAMES

MachineGames was established in 2009 by former founding members of Starbreeze Studios and acquired by ZeniMax Media in 2010. Located in Uppsala, Sweden, MachineGames is a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games. Their first title, the critically-acclaimed action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, is a reimagining of the franchise widely credited for helping establish the first-person shooter genre. Launched in May 2014, the game has garnered numerous ‘Game of the Year’ and ‘Shooter of the Year’ awards and nominations from media outlets worldwide.

Website Founded: 2009 Studio Size: 150+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC 79/79/81
2015 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 75/76/76
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC 88/87/86/79
2019 Wolfenstein: Youngblood Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC 68/63/69/66

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Wolfenstein 3
  • Indiana Jones
  • Quake Reboot

Arkane® Studios – with offices in Lyon, France and Austin, Texas – was founded in 1999 and has earned an enviable reputation for creating distinctive games with detailed, immersive worlds. The award-winning development team is known for the innovative first-person action series, Dishonored® , which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2® . Following its release in November 2016, Dishonored 2® earned over 100 ‘Best of 2016 Awards’ including ‘Best Action-Adventure Game’ at The Game Awards 2016. Arkane Studios released Prey® , the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game, on May 5, 2017.

Arkane Studios was founded in 1999 by Raphael Colantonio.

Website Founded: 1999 Studio Size: 300+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2002 Arx Fatalis PC, Xbox (2003) 77/71
2006 Dark Messiah of Might and Magic PC, Xbox 360 (2008) 72/52
2009 KarmaStar Mobile N/A
2012 Dishonored Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 88/89/91
2016 Dishonored 2 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 88/88/86
2017 Prey Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 84/79/82
2017 Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 84/82/81
2021 Deathloop PlayStation 5, PC 88

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Redfall

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ABOUT

Zenimax Media is known for its World-famous Bethesda brand. Among them, Tango Game Works, the only studio based in Japan, is a studio that focuses on creating games from the creator’s point of view. I don’t want to be a game development studio that sells well but loses sight of its worth and fun. Japanese game development that can be proud of the world. Love for the game can be the best in the world. We aim to be such a development studio.

Website
Founded: 2010
Studio Size: 200+ Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2014 The Evil Within Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC 79/75/80
2017 The Evil Within II Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 82/76/80

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Ghostwire: Tokyo - Timed exclusive for PlayStation 5 and PC

About

Alpha Dog is a boutique game studio creating top-tier 3D games for mobile, PC, and consoles. Our first game “Wraithborne” received international critical acclaim in fall 2012 for its console quality graphics and gameplay. Our second game, MonstroCity: Rampage (Action-Strategy), was released in spring 2017 and has been consistently featured in the app stores by Apple and Google worldwide.

We believe there is not one end-all, be-all solution. Each game is unique and requires handcrafted experiences that fit the audience. However, none of this can happen if you don’t first “find the fun” and give the player genuine value for their time no matter what.

We develop games we believe in as a team and set the bar high with a heavy focus on social experience. Harnessing the power of Unity and Unreal Engine 4, our goal is to build an iconic brand through evolutionary design and pushing the limit of mobile games.

Website
Founded: 2012
Studio Size: ~50 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2012 Wraithborne Mobile 68
2017 MonstroCity: Rampage! Mobile N/A

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

N/A

About

Founded in 1997, Human Head began as a single-team development studio dedicated to creating the highest quality video and computer games, starting with the development of the highly innovative and award winning Rune. By 2005, the company had expanded to more than 35 veteran game developers and developed Prey, which won numerous awards including “Shooter of the Year” by Official XBox Magazine and “Action Game of the Year” by PC Gamer.

In 2019, Bethesda Softworks opened a new development studio - Roundhouse Studios from the ashes of Human Head Studios. The developers at Roundhouse Studios represent more than two decades working together on a variety of games and genres, including RPGs, shooters, action-adventure games, and more.

Founded: 1997 (as Human Head Studios), became Roundhouse in 2019
Studio Size: ~70 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2000 Rune PC 76
2004 Dead Man’s Hand Xbox, PC 62/63
2006 Prey Xbox 360, PC 79/83
2011 Brink Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 68/72/70
2013 Defiance Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 60/59/64
2015 Dungeon Defenders II PlayStation 4 N/A
2018 The Quiet Man PlayStation 4, PC 28/40
2019 Rune II PC 47

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

N/A

Website

About

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. We embrace our core values every day so that we can continue creating epic entertainment experiences for all our players. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re located—if you’re a member of our evolving and vibrant community, working with us at one of our offices around the globe, or taking a piece of Blizzard with you — you’re welcome here.

Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences… ever. Blizzard Entertainment’s eight core values represent the principles and beliefs that have guided our company throughout the years. These values are reflected in employees’ decisions and actions every day.

Founded: 1991
Studio Size: ~4700 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1991 RPM Racing (as Silicon & Synapse) SNES N/A
1992 The Lost Vikings (as Silicon & Synapse) MD, SNES, PC, GBA 75
1993 Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing (as Silicon & Synapse) MD, SNES, GBA 80
1994 The Death and Return of Superman MD, SNES N/A
1994 Blackthorne SNES, PC, 32X, GBA 67
1994 Warcraft: Orcs & Humans PC N/A
1995 Justice League Task Force MD, SNES N/A
1995 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness PC, Saturn. PlayStation N/A
1997 Diablo PC, PlayStation 94
1997 The Lost Vikings 2 PC, Saturn, PlayStation, SNES N/A
1998 Starcraft PC, N64 88
2000 Diablo II PC 88
2002 Warcraft III: Reigns of Chaos PC 92
2004 World of Warcraft PC 93
2010 Starcraft II: Wing of Liberty PC 93
2012 Diablo 3 Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Switch PC 88
2014 Hearthstone PC, Mobile 93
2015 Heroes of the Storm PC 86
2016 Overwatch Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC 91
2015 Heroes of the Storm PC 86

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Diablo IV
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Overwatch 2

Website

About

Founded in 2002, Infinity Ward is the original studio behind the Call of Duty franchise. We are located in Woodland Hills, California, just outside of Los Angeles and have offices in Poland, Mexico and our newest in Austin, Texas.

A critically-acclaimed studio, we’re proud to have one of the most dedicated and accomplished development teams in the industry. The titles developed by Infinity Ward have won over 200 “Game of the Year” awards and 100 “Editor’s Choice” awards, among many other industry accolades.

Founded: 2002
Studio Size: ~450 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2003 Call of Duty PC 91
2005 Call of Duty 2 Xbox 360, PC 89
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC 94
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 94
2009 Call of Duty Classic Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 72
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC 88
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC 78
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 77
2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 80
2020 Call of Duty: Warzone Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 79

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Something Call of Duty

Website

About

Founded in 1990 by brothers Brian and Steve Raffel, Raven Software has gone from a five-person company with a dream of creating a role-playing game for the Amiga, to the developer of numerous award-winning games and best-selling titles, including Hexen, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and most recently being a major contributor to the Call of Duty® franchise.

At Raven, we’ve built our company on expectations. An expectation to always design the games that define industry standards for graphics and playability. An expectation that award-winning games are the norm. But more than anything, a clear understanding of our market’s expectations: that being, for us to consistently produce the games that people want to play. In other words, exactly everything we’ve been doing since 1990.

Founded: 1990
Studio Size: 350 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1992 Black Crypt Amiga N/A
1993 Shadowcaster PC N/A
1994 CyClones PC N/A
1994 Heretic PC N/A
1995 Hexen: Beyond Heretic PC, Saturn, PlayStation, N64 N/A
1996 Necrodome PC N/A
1997 Hexen II PC N/A
1997 Take No Prisoner PC N/A
1997 MageSlayer PC N/A
1998 Heretic II PC N/A
2000 Soldier of Fortune PC, Dreamcast. PlayStation 2 N/A
2000 Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force PC, PlayStation 2 88
2002 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Xbox, GameCube, PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 91
2002 Soldier of Fortune II: Doulbe Helix Xbox, PC 80
2003 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Xbox, PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 81
2004 X-Men Legends Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, NGage 82
2005 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, NGage, Mobile, PSP 84
2005 Quake 4 Xbox 360, PC 81
2006 Marvel Ultimate Alliance Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, GBA, PC 82
2009 X-Men Origins Wolverine Xbox 360, PC, Mobile, DS, Wii, PS2, PS3 77
2009 Wolfenstein Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3 74
2010 Singularity Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3 77
2015 Call of Duty Online PC N/A
2016 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 89
2020 Call of Duty Warzone (co-developed with Infinity Ward) Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 80
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (co-developed with Treyarch) Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC 76

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

Website

About

We are the successful studio we are today thanks to the unparalleled dedication and support of our team. Diverse minds coming together can accomplish daring goals that would be unachievable alone.

We are individually driven by an ambition to make amazing games. Each of us is empowered by our expertise to innovate on our games, processes, and culture. That drive and ownership is strengthened by the support of our team, spurring our ambition to deliver our best work.

There’s a moment we can all remember: the moment we fell in love with games. Whether making games or playing games, our stories overlap in these moments. As developers, we aspire to create gripping experiences while finding our own moments of triumph. Together, we can capture and share these incredible moments again and again.

Founded: 1996
Studio Size: ~630 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1998 Olympic Hockey 98 N64 N/A
1998 Die By the Sword PC N/A
1998 Die By the Sword Limb from Limb PC N/A
1999 Triple Play 2000 N64 N/A
2000 Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm Dreamcast N/A
2000 Triple Play 2001 PlayStation N/A
2000 Spider-man Dreamcast 56
2000 Max Steel: Covert Missions Dreamcast 80
2001 Triple Play Baseball PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 76
2001 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2x Xbox 78
2002 NHL 2K2 Dreamcast 80
2002 Spider-man: The Movie Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 79
2002 Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 80
2002 NHL 2K3 Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 89
2002 Minority Report: Everybody Runs Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 54
2004 Spider-Man 2 Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 83
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 77
2005 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2 78
2006 Call of Duty 3 Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 82
2007 Spider-Man 3 Xbox 360, PC, Mobile, Wii, PS2, PS3, PSP 63
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii 69
2008 007: Quantum of Solace Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 65
2008 Call of Duty: World at War Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PC 85
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PC 88
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PC 83
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 81
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 85
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC 76

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Something Call of Duty

Website

About

To say that our studio had modest beginnings would be putting it mildly. At the far end of Mail St-Roch, a handful of developers set out on what would be the greatest adventure of their lives . They took risks, faced huge obstacles, and carved out a space for themselves within the Activision family.

Our vision? To succeed together . Here everyone brings their own unique touch to projects that showcase their talent on a global stage. The best in the field come together to create games that leave their mark in an industry known for fierce competition. Because before we can perform well on our own, we have to move forward together .

A team, yes, but not just any team. Working at Beenox, we feel as if we’re part of a group of like-minded people who are great to work with . You could say that video games are in our blood. It feels like a family, a tremendously talented family that, through the strength of the team, moves mountains and wins prestigious awards.

Founded: 2000
Studio Size: ~300 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2001 Pillars of Garendall PC N/A
2007 Bee Movie Game Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PC 71
2009 Monsters vs Aliens Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC 69
2009 Guitar Hero Smash Hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii 74
2010 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PC 76
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, DS 62
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Xbox 360, PS3, PSVita, Wii, WiiU, 3DS, PC 71
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, WiiU 89
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, WiiU, PC 57
2019 Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch 84
2020 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 71

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Something Call of Duty

Website

About

Vicarious Visions is located in historical Albany, New York. Here you have easy access to beautiful parks, scenic views, a thriving culinary scene, lakes in the summer, and skiing & snowboarding in the winter, all with a low cost of living, great public schools, and a prospering economy that includes a growing game development community.

For over 30 years, Vicarious Visions has made hundreds of exciting games, in every genre, on every conceivable game platform in the known universe and we are proud to be able to do so for the passionate fans of Blizzard Entertainment.

We thrive on a culture of teamwork, respect and fun. We’ve built a welcoming and relaxed workplace that invites creativity and encourages individual voices. We not only give our developers a safe and warm place to incubate and grow their ideas but the tools and support necessary to turn those ideas into impactful and memorable experiences.

Join us in Albany, the “Anchor of New York’s Tech Valley”, and you will have all the Northeast has to offer at your fingertips, and only a short drive away from NYC, Boston, and Montreal!

Founded: 1991
Studio Size: ~220 Employees

Notable Releases (This list is bonkers)

Year Game Platform(s)
1996 Synnergist Microsoft DOS PC CD-ROM
1997 Dark Angael Microsoft Windows
1999 Zebco Fishing! Game Boy Color
1999 Vigilante 8 Game Boy Color
2000 Polaris SnoCross Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
2000 Terminus Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux
2000 Spider-Man Game Boy Color
2000 The Wild Thornberrys: Rambler Game Boy Color
2000 Pro Darts Game Boy Color
2000 Barbie: Magic Genie Adventure Game Boy Color
2000 Jimmy White’s Cue Ball Game Boy Color
2001 Wanadoo SnowCross Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows
2001 Rescue Heroes: Fire Frenzy Game Boy Color
2001 Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Alphabet Book Game Boy Color
2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula Game Boy Color
2001 Zoboomafoo: Playtime in Zobooland Game Boy Color
2001 Monsters, Inc. Game Boy Color
2001 Kelly Club: Clubhouse Fun Game Boy Color
2001 Sea-Doo Hydrocross PlayStation
2001 Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro PlayStation
2001 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Game Boy Advance
2001 Power Rangers: Time Force Game Boy Advance
2001 Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace Game Boy Advance
2002 Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure Game Boy Advance
2002 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 Game Boy Advance
2002 Frogger Advance: The Great Quest Game Boy Advance
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman Game Boy Advance
2002 The Powerpuff Girls: Him and Seek Game Boy Advance
2002 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 Game Boy Advance, PlayStation
2002 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast GameCube, Xbox
2002 Whiteout Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2003 The Muppets: On With The Show! Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows
2003 Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced Game Boy Advance
2003 Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend Game Boy Advance
2003 X2: Wolverine’s Revenge Game Boy Advance
2003 Finding Nemo Game Boy Advance
2003 Jet Set Radio Game Boy Advance
2003 Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure Game Boy Advance
2003 Disney’s The Lion King 1½ Game Boy Advance
2003 Tony Hawk’s Underground Game Boy Advance
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Game Boy Advance
2003 Disney’s Brother Bear Game Boy Advance
2003 Crash Nitro Kart Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, N-Gage
2003 Spy Muppets: License to Croak Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows
2003 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Xbox
2004 Rivet Mobile
2004 Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock
2004 Shrek 2 Game Boy Advance
2004 Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy Game Boy Advance
2004 Shark Tale Game Boy Advance
2004 Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Game Boy Advance
2004 That’s So Raven Game Boy Advance
2004 Shrek 2: Beg For Mercy! Game Boy Advance
2004 Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: S.O.D.A. Game Boy Advance
2004 Spider-Man 2 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable
2005 Doom 3 Xbox
2005 Madagascar: Operation Penguin Game Boy Advance
2005 Batman Begins
2005 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse PlayStation Portable
2005 Madagascar Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2005 Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2006 Over the Hedge Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2006 Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts Game Boy Advance
2006 Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam Nintendo DS
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance PlayStation Portable, Wii
2007 Spider-Man 3 Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
2007 Shrek the Third Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Wii
2007 Transformers: Decepticons Nintendo DS
2007 Transformers: Autobots Nintendo DS
2007 Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground Nintendo DS
2007 Bee Movie Game Nintendo DS
2008 Kung Fu Panda Nintendo DS
2008 Guitar Hero: On Tour Nintendo DS
2008 007: Quantum of Solace Nintendo DS
2008 Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades Nintendo DS
2008 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Wii
2008 Guitar Hero World Tour Wii
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Wii
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2009 Band Hero Nintendo DS, Wii
2009 Mixed Messages DSiWare
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Decepticons Nintendo DS
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Autobots Nintendo DS
2009 Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits Nintendo DS
2010 Transformers War for Cybertron: Decepticons Nintendo DS
2010 Transformers War for Cybertron: Autobots* Nintendo DS
2010 Guitar Hero iOS
2010 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Wii
2011 Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Nintendo 3DS
2012 Skylanders: Cloud Patrol iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
2012 Skylanders: Lost Islands iOS, Android
2012 Skylanders: Battlegrounds iOS, Android
2012 Skylanders: Giants Wii U
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators (Crash Edition) PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
2017 Destiny 2 Microsoft Windows
2017 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
2020 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
2021 [Diablo II: Resurrected PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

Website

About

The best quality on multiplayer TPS is no longer a console exclusive. This was the challenge that Digital Legends took on and adopted as their philosophy. Throughout the years, the studio has been keeping quality and innovation as their main pillars. As a result, they are now an international reference in mobile TPS action games and one of the most sought-after studios to test state-of-the-art technology.

Digital Legends Entertainment has worked many years for big Industry players such as Electronic Arts, Disney and Adidas either developing flagship titles or their key IP’s. One of the many things that makes this studio unique is their proprietary game engine, Karisma, which is one of the most powerful in the market. Karisma, makes outstanding graphics possible on mobile devices which players thought were only possible on consoles, creating an immersive and unparalleled experience for action game lovers. These high-quality standards gained the attention from many technology partners such as Sony, Samsung, Google and Apple, which invited them to announce Kroll, Digital Legends’ 3D fantasy adventure hack’n’slash game, in the same Apple Keynote in which the App Store was presented.

The pivotal moment for the company arrived when they chose to focus on their own IPs and became a studio specialized in high quality multiplayer TPS games developed from the ground up for mobile devices. The Respawnables™ marked the beginning of this new era for the company. With over 56 million downloads, this third-person cartoon-style action game is now a consolidated IP. The Respawnables™ triggers the imagination and fandom of the lively community, who love creating fan theories and rich background stories about the game universe. Afterpulse™ has been launched for iOS and Android, a hardcore tactical TPS with cutting-edge, realistic graphics and an innovative monetization system, which is particularly successful in the Asian market. Afterpulse™ has won multiple awards and it has been featured in the App Store Editor’s Choice in most countries becoming a great example of how realistic TPS are not exclusive to consoles and computers. Other important elements to their games’ successes are the community engagement and fluent conversation that allows the studio to understand players’ motivations and challenge them with weekly content releases.

Developing mobile TPS action games is extremely challenging as you must surpass critical areas such as graphics, real-time multiplayer-pvp, free to play monetization, and smooth touch control systems on the top of having fun gameplay. Digital Legends Entertainment has thrived in this demanding adventure thanks to a strong, international and multidisciplinary team with many years of experience in different areas of the videogame industry. This fusion of industry veterans, emerging talents and passion for their work is the key to their success.

Founded: 2001
Studio Size: 53 Employees (LinkedIn)

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2005 One NGage N/A
2008 One Sequel NGage N/A
2008 Toryu Legend of Kroll iOS N/A
2008 Kroll iOS, Chrome N/A
2009 Dance Fabulous NGage, Symbian N/A
2010 Splt/Second iOS N/A
2010 Bruce Lee The Dragon Warrior iOS, Android N/A
2010 Battlefield Bad Company 2 iOS, Android N/A
2011 Nutty Sam iOS N/A
2011 Icebreaker Hockey iOS, Android N/A
2011 Micoach Soccer iOS N/A
2012 Micoach Tennis iOS N/A
2012 Micoach Basketball iOS N/A
2012 The Respawnables iOS, Android N/A
2015 The Afterpulse TV Apple TV N/A
2017 Afterpulse iOS, Android N/A
2020 Respawnables Heroes iOS N/A

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

Website

About

Our pride is our people and the experiences we create for our fans. High Moon’s talent comprises of industry veterans responsible for some of the most successful games ever made. We have award winning developers, published artists and game specialists recognized as among the best in their field. Our studio has a history of using innovative techniques designed to boost productivity and product quality, which in turn enhances our studio’s quality of life.

Founded: 2001
Studio Size: 155 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2005 Darkwatch Xbox, PlayStation 2 75
2008 Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 71
2010 Transformers: War For Cybertron Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 77
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 59
2012 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC 79
2013 Deadpool Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC 63

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

Website

About

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of our games. We have developed more than 200 fun titles, and offer games that are enjoyed all around the world. Our franchises include Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch. We have 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021 across web, social and mobile platforms. Headquartered in London and Stockholm, King has game studios in London, Stockholm, Barcelona, Malmo, and Berlin, along with offices in Malta, New York and San Francisco. King was acquired by Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq ATVI) in February 2016 and operates as a key part of the Activision Blizzard group.

At King, we design games with a broad appeal, which allow people to play for a moment, then move on with their day and pick up their game later. Our games are also synchronised across platforms, allowing players to switch seamlessly between devices and platforms and continue their game wherever they left off, so they can play anywhere, any time and on any device. For us, this is encapsulated in the idea of bite size entertainment.

We make our games available for free, while players can purchase virtual items priced relative to the entertainment value they provide. We embed social features in our games that enhance the player experience. We also build on a unique and passionate company culture predicated on collaboration, humility and respect. We believe all of these elements in combination have made our games a great part of our players’ daily entertainment.

Founded: 2003
Studio Size: ~2000 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2011 Bubble Saga Mobile N/A
2011 Bubble Witch Saga Mobile N/A
2012 Pyramid Solitaire Saga Mobile N/A
2012 Candy Crush Saga Mobile 79
2012 Pet Rescue Saga Mobile N/A
2013 Papa Pear Saga Mobile 68
2013 Farm Heroes Saga Mobile 70
2013 Pepper Panic Saga Mobile N/A
2014 Bubble Witch Saga 2 Mobile 73
2014 Diamond Digger Saga Mobile 59
2014 Candy Crush Soda Saga Mobile 78
2015 AlphaBetty Saga Mobile N/A
2015 Scrubby Dubby Saga Mobile N/A
2015 Paradise Bay Mobile 67
2015 Blossom Blast Saga Mobile N/A
2016 Candy Crush Jelly Saga Mobile N/A
2016 Farm Heroes Super Saga Mobile N/A
2016 Shuffle Cats Mobile 68
2017 Bubble Witch 3 Saga Mobile N/A
2017 Legend of Solgard Mobile 81
2018 Diamond Diaries Saga Mobile N/A
2018 Candy Crush Friends Saga Mobile N/A
2019 Pet Rescue Puzzle Saga Mobile N/A
2019 Knighthood Mobile N/A
2021 Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! Mobile 59

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

Website

About

With teams located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melbourne, Australia and remotely across the globe, we’re the team behind Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty®: WWII.

We firmly believe in supporting our talented Hammers to be the best they can be, whether they are artists, engineers, producers, designers, IT, QA, or HR. Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a game maker. Creativity is key, and we’re looking globally for new talent & fresh perspectives for our exciting new projects. Our players are diverse, spanning globally across different countries, cultures, and ages. We are looking for talented individuals who reflect the diversity of the world we serve. If you’re up for a challenge and interested in joining the team, we’d love to hear from you.

Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a game maker.

We’re a Call of Duty studio that prides itself on innovation and taking risks, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of game development. With our incredibly dedicated audio, design, engineering, and art teams, we’ve been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love what we do and work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last.

Founded: 2009
Studio Size: ~460 Employees

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 88
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC 83
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 80
2021 Call of Duty: Vanguard Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC 74

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Something Call of Duty

Website

About

Toys for Bob is a tight-knit team of kind and friendly developers who enjoy collaborating to make games that inspire joy for millions of players. We have a wide range of experience developing for many different game genres, styles, audiences, tools, and platforms for AAA franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Spyro, Skylanders, and Tony Hawk – just to name a few. We are an Activision Blizzard game studio that’s part of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”.

We are based out of Novato, California in a former military hangar that’s been converted into a colorful, tiki-themed, dog-friendly paradise just 30 minutes north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge. If you love games, are great at what you do, are kind and don’t take yourself too seriously, we’d love for you to be a part of our growing team. Come join us!

Founded: 1989
Studio Size: 126 Employees (LinkedIn)

Notable Releases

Year Title Platform(s) Metascore
1990 Star Control Amiga, Commodore 64, PC, MD N/A
1992 Star Control II 3DO, PC N/A
1994 The Horde 3DO, PC, Saturn N/A
1996 Pandemonium! Saturn, PlayStation, PC N/A
1998 The Unholy War PlayStation N/A
1999 Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs PlayStation N/A
2000 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue Dreamcast, PlayStation, PC, GBC 66
2003 Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube 78
2005 Madagascar Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC 66
2006 Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam PlayStation 2, Wii 69
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii 62
2011 Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Xbox 360, Wii, WiiU, PlayStation 3, PC 81
2012 Skylanders: Giants Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3 80
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, WiiU, 3DS, PS3, PS4, Mobile 90 (iOS)
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Xbox One, Xbox 360, WiiU, Switch, PS3, PS4 79
2018 Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy Switch 78
2018 Spyro Reignited Trilogy Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC 83
2020 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Xbox Series, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, PC 86

Upcoming Projects and Rumors:

  • Unknown

2020 Games Thus Far

Title Developer Platform(s) Metascore
Ori & The Will of the Wisps Moon Studios Xbox One, PC 90
Tell Me Why DontNod Xbox One, PC 78
Microsoft Flight Simulator Asobo PC 92

Below we have information regarding upcoming titles created by partner studios, as well as any other relevant material not mentioned previously. Don’t fret. This section will get a MAJOR rework in the days and weeks to come.

We begin with upcoming partner titles:

Developer : Smilegate

Release Date : 2022

Description :

CrossfireX delivers an intense first-person shooter experience where players are immersed in a sprawling global conflict between the world’s two most formidable private military factions: Global Risk employs veterans of powerful armed forces who use advanced technologies to fight for order and security; Black List employs hardened mercenaries trained in guerilla tactics who fight to destabilize oppressive regimes in the name of freedom. Choose your side and complete objective-based missions across a variety of classic and innovative modes featuring tightly crafted gameplay and cinematic visuals.


Miscellaneous & Important Information

Other Studios/Teams:

  • ID@Xbox, publishing support and pilot program for independent game developers
  • Backwards Compatibility Team, handles Xbox One BackCompat
  • Microsoft Foundry, intern program
  • Mixed Reality Team, works on AR/VR content for Xbox and Windows 10
  • Microsoft Casual Games, works on the casual games collection for Microsoft, including MS Solitaire, Wordament, and MS Mahjong
  • Xbox Growth Team
  • Xbox Game Pass
  • Project xCloud

Current Partner Studios:

  • 4J Studios, original console versions of Minecraft
  • Certain Affinity, assistance on Halo projects
  • Forgotten Empires, Age of Empires 1: Definitive Edition, Age of Empires 2 & 3: Definitive Editions
  • Relic Entertainment, Age of Empire 4
  • Saber Interactive, assistance on Halo projects
  • Skybox Labs, Age of Empires DLC, Halo 5: Forge updates
  • Smoking Gun Interactive, Age of Empires: Castle Siege
  • Splash Damage, assistance on Gears Tactics DLC

Rumored Partners:

  • Kojima

Acquisitions, Studios and Otherwise (8th Gen):

Studios/Teams Shut Down or Spun Off (8th Gen):

  • Twisted Pixel ( The Maw , Splosion Man ), left in 2015
  • Press Play ( Max and the Curse of Brotherhood , Kalimba ), closed in 2016
  • Lionhead Studios (The Fable Franchise), closed in 2016
  • Team Dakota ( Project Spark ), disbanded in 2016
  • Xbox Fitness Team, disbanded in 2016
  • Decisive Games, disbanded before public outing in 2016

Cancelled/Discontinued Titles (8th Gen):

  • Black Tusk’s new IP, cancelled to shift focus onto Gears of War and subsequent titles
  • Project Spark , servers closed in 2015
  • Fable Legends , cancelled with Lionhead’s closing in 2016
  • Project Knoxville , cancelled with Press Play’s closing in 2016
  • Xbox Fitness, servers closed June 2017
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Suprised you didn’t not begin with Gears slander

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thanos-impossible

don’t worry his tag team @ProgStopper would do the job

As is tradition

Here We Go Again GIF

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Someone give me a good name for this thread. Something 2022 related maybe

The Final Drought… Maybe

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New year, new thread :fire:

I liked the question last posed about which one game do you want to learn more about, hope to hear others about this here.

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Xbox Games Studios - The Star of the Field

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I’m sure another mod will edit the name if they have a better idea

Nice combo, haha

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Damn, a new one already?

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Yeah for sure.

It was revealed last year but the trailer didn’t give us much to work it. At the same time this is a franchise that has had a long ass break and there are a lot of questions.

If still no in-game material next year, at least some information on what they are bringing with their vision of the IP.

You actually can wait, Aaron

That’s how time works

Hopefully Redfall holds up and it’s not an endless loop of similar missions or side quests.

They are soooo good!

from FARSIGHT poster.

Every Starfield concept to date (if I didn’t forget anything):

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If it’s like Borderlands in terms of levels it will have a nice variety. But hey who knows, it was at E3 and since then quiet. Let’s hope we get a update on the game sooner than later, as in before E3.