Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft has acquired Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment

Microsoft has acquired Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment

They're most recently known for their Kickstarter-backed rekindling of the long-dormant Wasteland and Torment series, with a third entry in the series on the way after another successful round of crowdfunding. Obsidian just shipped Pillars of Eternity II on PC, and is now working on bringing the acclaimed RPG to Xbox One and other platforms.

"As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize their creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new RPG projects". While Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a commercial success, Microsoft has already acquired this studio. Past 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.

Microsoft announced today during their X018 live stream from Mexico City that they have acquired Obsidian Entertainment. He said the team intends to carry on making role-playing games.

Furthermore, it was said each will bring expertise into the fold by building "new RPG experiences for our players and fans". Over the last fifteen years, they have delivered genre-defining RPGs to players on both console and PC through titles including Fallout: "New Vegas, South Park: "The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity". Like they've been espousing all along, Obsidian will allegedly be allowed to operate autonomously through this agreement.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart. Avellone tweeted to Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, that in the event of an acquisition, Obsidian's management should be let go.

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