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Xbox Game Studios Journey – Acquisitions, All Released and Upcoming Games

Xbox Game Studios has come a long way. Initially founded in March 2000, the company has undergone three rebrandings until it arrived at its current name. The company also has been acquiring a lot of development studios and making the Xbox and PC games library richer every year. At the time of writing, they have 23 development studios under them, with each one of them working on some game or the other. Let us have a look at each of these studios, their previous work, and upcoming games.

1. 343 Industries

Microsoft created 343 Industries back in 2007 to look over and develop future Halo titles after Bungie left. The studio co-developed Halo 4 with Bungie and has been involved in every Halo title ever since. The studio recently released Halo: Infinite on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. We have no news of any upcoming titles from the studio yet.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Halo 4Xbox 360201285
Halo: Spartan AssaultXbox One,
PC,
Mobile
201353
Halo: The Master Chief CollectionXbox One, PC201485
Halo 5: GuardiansXbox One201584
Halo: Spartan StrikePC,
Mobile
201566
Halo 5: ForgePC2016N/A
Halo Wars: Definitive EditionXbox One,
PC
201781
Halo Wars 2Xbox One,
PC
201779
Halo InfiniteXbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PC
202187
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
TBDTBD

2. The Coalition

The Coalition looks after the Gears of War series ever since the studio acquired the series in early 2014. The studio has come up with six Gears of War titles to date, ranging from console and PC exclusives to mobile games. Several of these titles have rose to critical acclaim, with review aggregator scores averaging over 80.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Gears of War: Ultimate EditionXbox One,
PC
201582
Gears of War 4Xbox One,
PC
201684
Gears Pop!Mobile2019N/A
Gears of War 5Xbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PC
201985
Gears TacticsXbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PC
202081
Gears 5: HivebustersXbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PC
202082
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
TBD

3. Turn 10 Studios

Turn 10 Studios was established in 2001 solely to come up with a racing franchise for the Xbox. The studio rose into prominence as the Motorsport games gained popularity and the Horizon titles become some of the hottest games released in a year. Currently, Turn 10 Studios is coming with the eighth installment in the Forza Motorsport series in 2023.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Forza Motorsport 5Xbox One201379
Forza Horizon 2
(alongside Playground Games)
Xbox One201486
Forza Motorsport 6Xbox One201587
Forza Motorsport 6: ApexPC2016N/A
Forza Horizon 3
(alongside Playground Games)
Xbox One,
PC
201691
Forza Motorsport 7Xbox One,
PC
201786
Forza Horizon 4
(alongside Playground Games)
Xbox One,
PC
201892
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
Forza Motorsport2023

4. Rare

Rareware initially focused on developing titles for Nintendo Systems when they were established in 1985. However, after being acquired by Microsoft in 2002, the studio now focuses on developing titles for the Xbox. Some of the noteworthy releases of the studio include Sea of Thieves and Rare Replay.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Kinect Sports RivalsXbox One201460
Rare ReplayXbox One201584
Sea of ThievesXbox One,
PC
201868
BattletoadsXbox One,
PC
202072
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
EverwildTBD
two other IPs

5. Mojang Studios

Mojang developed and maintains the quintessal title, Minecraft. The studio was bought out by Microsoft in 2014. However, the parent company does not influence the creative decisions of the studio and allows them to pursue their vision.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
MinecraftXbox 360,
PS3,
Wii U,
Xbox One,
PS4,
Switch,
PS Vita,
PC,
Mobile
2012 – 201788
Cobalt
(alongside Oxeye Studios)
Xbox One,
PC
201666
Minecraft EarthMobile2019N/A
Minecraft DungeonsXbox One,
PS4,
Switch,
PC
202075
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
Forza Motorsport2023

6. Playground Games

Playground Games was set up in 2010 to develop and look after the Forza Horizon series, a spinoff of the Forza Motorsport series. All of the games in this franchise have been massive hits and the developers have been on a roll ever since. The developers just came up with the fifth iteration in the series, Forza Horizon 5, in 2021.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Forza HorizonXbox 360201285
Forza Horizon 2Xbox 360,
Xbox One
201486
Forza Horizon 3Xbox One,
PC
201691
Forza Horizon 4Xbox One,
PC
201892
Forza Horizon 5Xbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PC
202192
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
FableTBD
third development team is being created

7. Ninja Theory

Ninja Theory was founded in 2000 as Just Add Monsters. The studio has faced several financial troubles and other hurdles in its journey of diversifying its portfolio. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a game which explored the theme of psychosis, was a significant hit after years of underperforming or poorly received titles. The studio entered into an agreement with Microsoft in 2018, and is currently involved in developing several first party titles for the Xbox.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Kung Fu ChaosXbox200368
Heavenly SwordPS3200779
Enslaved: Odyssey to the WestXbox 360,
PS3,
PC
201080
DmC: Devil May CryXbox 360,
PS3,
Xbox One,
PS4,
PC
201386
DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive EditionXbox One,
PS4
201586
Hellblade: Senua’s SacrificeXbox One,
PS4,
PC
201781
Star Wars: Vader Immortal, Episodes 1-3Quest2019N/A
Bleeding EdgeXbox One,
PC
202066
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga (Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC)TBD
Project MaraTBD
Project InsightTBD

8. The Initiative

The Initiative was recently founded in Santa Monica, CA to develop new IPs for the Xbox. We have no news from the studio yet, but rumor has it that they are working on Perfect Dark in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
TBD
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
Perfect Dark
(in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics)
TBD

9. Undead Labs

Ever since its inception in 2009, Undead Labs has focused on the State of Decay series. The Seattle-based studio mainly focuses on zombie survival titles. They published the original State of Decay title independently and were acquired lately in 2018. The studio is currently working on a State of Decay 3.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
State of DecayXbox 360,
PC
201378
State of Decay 2Xbox One,
PC
201868
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
State of Decay 3TBD

10. Compulsion Games

Compulsion Games are known for their different approach to games. Their story-driven titles are full of weird twists and interesting settings. The Montreal-based studio was founded in 2009 and has come up with titles like Contrast and We Happy Few in recent years.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
ContrastXbox 360,
PS3,
Xbox One,
PS4,
PC
201359
We Happy FewXbox One,
PS4,
PC
201865
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
unannounced third-person gameTBD

11. Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian is one of the classic creators of WRPGs in the gaming industry. The Irvine-based studio has come up with noteworthy releases like Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Outer Worlds, and Pillars of Eternity in the past. The studio is currently working on expanding its revered arsenal with titles like Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Fallout: New VegasXbox 360,
PS3,
PC
201084
South Park: The Stick of TruthXbox 360,
PS3,
Xbox One,
PS4,
Switch,
PC
201482
Pillars of EternityPC201589
The Outer WorldsXbox One,
PS4,
Switch,
PC
201986
GroundedXbox One,
PC
2020N/A
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
unannounced third-person gameTBD

12. Inxile Entertainment

Inxile Entertainment is known for its work in the CRPG space. Titles like Wasteland 2, Wasteland 3, and Torment: Tides of Numenera are some of the finest pieces of work the studios have come up with. Recently, in 2015, Inxile Entertainment expanded by setting up a new studio in New Orleans, LA.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Wasteland 2Xbox One,
PS4,
Switch,
PC
201577
Torment: Tides of NumeneraXbox One,
PS4,
PC
201779
The Bards’ Tale IV: Barrows DeepXbox One,
PS4,
PC,
macOS,
Linux
201871
Wasteland 3Xbox One,
PS4,
PC,
macOS,
Linux
202084
Wasteland: RemasteredXbox One,
PC
202062
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
unannounced AAA RPG titleTBD

13. Double Fine Productions

Double Fine Productions is known for its unique work. Ever since the studio was set up in 2002, they have delivered fun titles that have taken the gaming industry by storm. The Psychonauts series might be their greatest creation of all time. Among other games, we have seen from the studio lie the fan-favorite title Grim Fandango Remastered and the immensely fun title, Massive Chalice.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
PsychonautsXbox,
PS2,
macOS X,
Linux,
PC
200588
Brütal LegendXbox 360,
PS3,
macOS X,
Linux,
PC
200982
Costume QuestXbox 360,
PS3,
macOS X,
Linux,
PC,
iOS,
Android
201074
The CaveXbox 360,
PS3,
Wii U,
macOS X,
Linux,
PC,
iOS,
Android
201370
Broken AgeXbox One,
PS4,
PS Vita,
Switch,
macOS,
Linux,
PC,
iOS,
Android,
Ouya
201778
Grim Fandango RemasteredXbox One,
PS4,
PS Vita,
Switch,
macOS,
Linux,
PC,
iOS,
Android
202070
Massive ChaliceXbox One,
macOS,
Linux,
PC
201572
Psychonauts 2Xbox One,
Xbox Series X|S,
PS4,
PC,
macOS,
Linux
202187
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
unannounced online multiplayer titleTBD

14. World’s Edge

World’s Edge was recently founded by Microsoft in 2019. This Seattle-based game development studio is responsible for looking after the Age of Empires franchise. World’s Edge recently came up with Age of Empires IV in 2021. No future projects are known yet. The studio is expected to continue support for Age of Empires IV in the upcoming few years.

Name of the GamePlatform(s)Year of Initial ReleaseMetascore (on Console)
Age of Empires II: Definitive EditionPC2019
Age of Empires III: Definitive EditionPC2020
Age of Empires IVPC2021
Upcoming Project/RumorRelease Window
continued support for Age of Empires IV2021-

Apart from these studios, Microsoft also acquired Zenimax and the studios under it in 2021. Together, the American video games publisher now has a strong portfolio of developers and titles under them. This makes us excited about the Xbox’s future.

Arka
Extreme PC enthusiast. He splits his time between PC and console hardware, gaming, and making cool PC-related videos over on YouTube.

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