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    inXile and Obsidian acquired by Microsoft Studios

    Just announced at X018. Huge news!

    https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-gr...entertainment/



    Microsoft’s XO18 event brought a tonne of welcome surprises, but the biggest shock appeared right at the end: Obsidian Entertainment and InExile Entertainment have joined the Microsoft family.

    Obsidian Entertainment isn’t the biggest surprise of the two, although they are the bigger studio. The rumor mill has spun loud and fast about the possibility of the legendary RPG developer being acquired by Microsoft – so much so that former employee Chris Avellone warned Xbox head Phil Spencer about the company’s management.

    Founded from the ashes of Black Isle Studios and Interplay Entertainment, the developers of Fallout, Obsidian quickly made a name for themselves as the Kings of RPGs. Fallout 2, KOTOR 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the Pillars of Eternity series are just a handful of the classic games created by the company.

    Unlike Microsoft’s acquisition of Obsidian, their surprise purchase of InExile Entertainment was a very well-kept secret. Founded by Brian Fargo, another RPG legend, InExile are known for their fantastic RPG offerings. Recently, their revival of the cult-classic Wasteland series has proven that the classic Fallout formula can still provide amazing experiences on both PC and console – perfect for Xbox’s Play Anywhere strategy.

    “This deal is going to let us make roleplaying games for many years to come,” said Fargo.

    Alongside Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, Playground Games, Undead Labs, and The Initiative – Obsidian and InExile should help Microsoft to become a true gaming force throughout the end of this generation and the entirety of the next.
    Last edited by Valeyard; 11th November 2018 at 12:12 pm.

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    All they've bought is names, old school talent is long gone. Ferg and Brian cashed in.

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    Obsidian continue to make great games, and have some of the most talented people in the industry. inXile... well they've been more miss than hit. Wasteland 2 is pretty great, everything else has been less so.

    Whoever wrote that announcement is not a gamer. Obsidian did not make Fallout 2, and InXile is not spelled inExile.
    Last edited by ChrisB; 11th November 2018 at 1:32 pm.

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    ah well , no Wasteland 4 i guess.

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    Better Microsoft than EA I suppose. Perhaps Microsoft can buy the Fallout license and save the world from another Bethesda Fallout game.

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    ChrisB wrote:
    Obsidian continue to make great games, and have some of the most talented people in the industry. inXile... well they've been more miss than hit. Wasteland 2 is pretty great, everything else has been less so.
    MS just reunited Interplay and Black Isle.

    Ninja Theory, Obsidian and InXile will retain their creative freedom.

    The bigger picture for MS will be selling people Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, Game Pass was just announced for PC the other week. They will follow a similar model to video streaming services to entice people to sub:- making high production value, critical acclaim bait games that are exclusive. The likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc are willing to take losses on critically acclaimed programming yet low viewership shows to increase the overall prestige of their service.

    The downside here? Possibly no more of their RPGs will be ported to Nintendo Switch for the near future. The future of Xbox brand is a streaming service that will be on every device, including rival platforms if allowed.

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    Here's my dream: Microsoft are tight with BGS....always have been, and with Obsidian being a MS studio now....in my head, NV2 is now possible.


    #dreaming
    #dreamsarefree