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Bethesda Softworks is a developer and publisher of computer and video games founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver, owned by ZeniMax Media and through it, Xbox Game Studios since 2021.


Bethesda has been a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content for over three decades. In 2001 Bethesda Softworks became a publisher only and the newly formed Bethesda Game Studios became the developer of their games. Founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland, and moved to Rockville, Maryland in 1990, the company has a long history of PC and console games. In 1999, Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman founded ZeniMax Media, Inc.

The company is best known for creating The Elder Scrolls RPG series, based upon the original programming of Julian Lefay. The first chapter of the series, titled The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released in 1994. Since that time, numerous other chapters have been released. The game has four direct sequels along with three spin-offs and The Elder Scrolls Travels series.

In 2004 Bethesda Softworks acquired a license from from Interplay Productions to create Fallout 3. In 2007 Bethesda acquired the Fallout franchise from Interplay Productions. Fallout 3 was released on October 28, 2008. Obsidian Entertainment's title Fallout: New Vegas was published by Bethesda Softworks, announced on April 20, 2009 and released on October 19, 2010. Fallout 4 was announced on June 4, 2015 and released on November 10, 2015. Fallout 76 was announced on May 30, 2018 and released on November 14, 2018.

Other titles

"Bethesda Softworks" is often used to designate games "published" by Bethesda, both BGS projects and those developed externally.

Other Bethesda releases include WET, Rogue Warrior and RAGE. They also collaborated with Id Software on Doom 3: BFG Edition, the Wolfenstein series, and the 2016 reboot of Doom.


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