Bethesda Game Studios
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2001; 16 years ago (2001)
Headquarters Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Key people
Todd Howard (executive producer)
Number of employees
180[1] (2017)
Parent Bethesda Softworks
Divisions Bethesda Game Studios Montreal

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 parent publisher Bethesda Softworks, the studio's name and logo were established with the release of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind in 2002. The studio is currently led by executive producer Todd Howard. A second studio, Bethesda Game Studios Montreal, was opened in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



Bethesda Game Studios was established in 2001. All of the developers from Bethesda Softworks moved to Bethesda Game Studios in 2002. Then Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios became separated between publisher and developer. In the past, not all BGS 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]

Games developedEdit

Since its formation, Bethesda Game Studios has principally been involved in the development of computer role-playing games in the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series for consoles and personal computers, all which have been generally commercial and financial successes. As of February 2017, the company was developing two new major games, with The Elder Scrolls VI to follow at a later time.[3][4]

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.[5]

Year Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2002 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox Bethesda Softworks
The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal (expansion pack) Microsoft Windows
2003 The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon (expansion pack)
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
The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine (expansion pack)
2007 The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (expansion pack)
2008 Fallout 3
2009 Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage (DLC)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (DLC)
Fallout 3: Broken Steel (DLC)
Fallout 3: Point Lookout (DLC)
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta (DLC)
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard (DLC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire (DLC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragonborn (DLC)
2015 Fallout Shelter Simulation iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows
Fallout 4 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2016 Fallout 4: Automatron (DLC)
Fallout 4: Wasteland Workshop (DLC)
Fallout 4: Far Harbor (DLC)
Fallout 4: Contraptions Workshop (DLC)
Fallout 4: Vault-Tec Workshop (DLC)
Fallout 4: Nuka-World (DLC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition



  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. ^ Petty, Jared (14 June 2016). "Bethesda Says Two Upcoming Games Are as Big as Skyrim and Fallout". IGN. 
  4. ^ Davidson, John (February 18, 2017). "Bethesda's Todd Howard Hints at 3 New Games". Glixel. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ Makuch, Eddie (February 17, 2017). "Skyrim Director Teases Next Mobile Game". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "SpikeTV Video Game Awards 2011". Spike (TV network). Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nominees | The Game Awards 2015". The Game Awards. Ola Balola. November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Kerr, Chris (December 14, 2016). "Bethesda game director Todd Howard to be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 

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