Spotlight on Xbox game studios: ZeniMax online studios

Our Xbox Game Studios spotlight this week is ZeniMax Online Studios, a developer with just one title in his portfolio: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and two games he’s helped with. We take a look at the studio’s debut, new projects, and the latest news – and the rankings, of course.

Presentation of ZeniMax online

ZeniMax Online Studios was founded in 2007 under parent company ZeniMax Media, with former Mythic Entertainment MMO game designer Matt Firor at the helm. Firor’s experience with mass multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as Dark Age of Camelot would become paramount for his new role at ZeniMax, as the studio was created for one purpose … to add multiplayer to the universe of The Elder Scrolls. Not just multiplayer, however, no, the entire existence of the studios was tied to a small MMO game, then called The Elder Scrolls Online.

While ZeniMax Online Studios was founded in 2007, the team’s mysterious project has remained hidden for nearly seven years. ZeniMax remained stoic in its decision to keep the project close to its chest, even when website Tom’s Guides leaked information regarding the game in March 2012. We didn’t see the official announcement until May 2012. , when used as a game. Informer’s cover game, with full functionality on what we can expect. Beta testing would follow in January 2013, before the game debuted on Windows and Mac on April 4, 2014. The Xbox One and PS4 versions would not release until June 9, 2015. By the time the game was released on console, the original mandatory subscription model and had been replaced by an optional premium offering called “ESO Plus”, which would allow players to access all additional DLC without paying up front. It also meant that the game title had changed to Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Since the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, ZeniMax has focused all of its efforts on keeping the game flourishing. The team has done very well in this regard as well, with the game receiving five expansion packs and 18 DLC packs. nowadays. Online remained his main focus.

ZeniMax Online Previous Project – The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Xbox Game Studios Zenimax Online Studio History Ranking FAQs

While The Elder Scrolls Online is ZeniMax Online’s current project, it is also the developer’s future project, so he can have space in both. The 2021 year-long ‘Gates of Oblivion’ adventure has just ended, and we are currently waiting to find out what next year’s adventure will be and where in Tamriel we will be taken next. The game is still doing well, and Bethesda’s Pete Hines even said the game was Bethesda’s most successful title between 2017 and 2021 – which is a huge turnaround, given the game’s bumpy start. Of the MMO Population Counter, MMO Populations, The Elder Scrolls Online currently has approximately 19 million tracked players and subscribers, and is ranked ninth for the number of players out of the 133 tracked MMOs.

The future project of ZeniMax Online – The Elder Scrolls Online and unknown

Xbox Game Studios Zenimax Online Studio History Ranking FAQs

Zenimax doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon with The Elder Scrolls Online, but according to a job posting earlier this year, another project is underway. The list was found in April and called for a senior vehicle designer to work on a new AAA game. No further details were given on the title, and ZeniMax has been silent ever since, but it’s certainly an exciting prospect.

As we know from ZeniMax’s work on The Elder Scrolls Online, the team isn’t one to shout about their plans until early in development, so we don’t expect to hear anything. on this mysterious title for a while. But since he is looking for a vehicle designer, we could turn to a more modern or futuristic game. We will let you know when details are released.

ZeniMax online studios in 2021

Xbox Game Studios Zenimax Online Studio History Ranking FAQs

It’s been a great year for The Elder Scrolls Online, with the 2021 Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure now over. This year has focused on the lands of Blackwood, and its struggles to sit on the border of Cyrodil and the war raging on the Ruby Throne. If that wasn’t enough, Prince Daedra, Mehrunes Dagon, also decided to use it as the perfect location to mount an offensive on Tamriel, with the help of his loyal cultists. In March, the game saw two new dungeons added with the Flames of Ambition DLC, followed by a whole new area in June with the Blackwood expansion. In September, two more dungeons were added with the Waking Flame DLC, before ending the year in November with a smaller area in the Deadlands DLC. In the first quarter of 2022, we should find out about the next year-long adventure and find out where in Tamriel we will fight next.

How does ZeniMax Online Studios rank?

Some in the office love The Elder Scrolls Online and would gladly give ZeniMax Online an S rank just for that – OK, there’s only one, but he loves it enough for the whole team. But we decided to go for an A, because of the team’s proven track record with the game. It’s a title that started its life with a population of players that would quickly decline, due to a forfeit. forced subscription and balancing issues. But from the ashes was born a phoenix, and with the continued support of Zenimax and the game’s release on Xbox One and PS4, The Elder Scrolls Online is an absolute and brilliant success that shows how much the team can accomplish, even when the odds are stacked against them. We look forward to seeing what this studio is working on next, and of course 2022’s one-year adventure in Tamriel.

A level


A studio with a fantastic portfolio and the talent to impress more

But that’s exactly what we think, and we’d love to know how ZeniMax Online Studios would rank you. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

How would you rate ZeniMax Online Studios?
  • S – A world-class studio performing at an exceptional standard

  • A – A studio with a fantastic portfolio and the talent to impress more

  • B – A studio capable of grandeur, but which has more to offer

  • C – A studio in the making or struggling to realize its potential

We have had 3 answers.

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