Monday, 10 December, 2018

Microsoft Officially Acquires Developers inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment

Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment Microsoft Studios Acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment
Katie Ramirez | 11 November, 2018, 07:12

Microsoft announced at X018 today it had acquired Fallout: New Vegas studio Obsidian Entertainment, and Wasteland, Fallout developer inXile Entertainment. He said the team intends to carry on making role-playing games. That title is expected to launch sometime in 2019. Wasteland is perhaps the big story for Microsoft Studios here, an IP which went on to heavily inspire the Fallout franchise, which InXile founder Brian Fargo helped shape. "It's going to allow me to spend 100% of my time in product development, and it's a luxury that very few development companies have".

Furthermore, it was said each will bring expertise into the fold by building "new RPG experiences for our players and fans". What this means for gamers remains to be seen, Microsoft's publishing arm has a reputation for enabling studios without squashing creativity - Bungie did quite well there, for awhile - but both inXile and Obsidian have a reputation for caring more about fans than bottom-lines. This adds to their already growing portfolio of Xbox studios. They recently released the second Pillars of Eternity game, but rumors about a potential acquisition had heightened in recent weeks. Previous year the studio mentioned that they wouldn't be opposed to an acquisition if the fit was natural and now it looks like Microsoft has arrived to fit that bill.

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Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, Calif.by industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart. With Microsoft's tech and financing, inXile and Obsidian should be able to find new heights with their respective games, which have recently been funded primarily via Kickstarter.

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