Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

RPG heavyweights inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment are joining Microsoft Studios

Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment Microsoft Studios Acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment
Emmett Howard | 11 November, 2018, 11:55

The Head of Microsoft Studios, Matt Booty, took to the stage at XO18 to announce two more game studios joining the company, joining the five studios that were adopted back at E3. A video game development studio best known for their work on RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.

Fargo's inXile Entertainment studio went on to release Wasteland 2 in 2014; but, the studio is also responsible for a number of other well-known RPGs, including Torment: Tides of Numenera and Bard's Tale IV.

Microsoft Studios has acquired Obsidian Entertainment.

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Obsidian and inXile are not the first studios to have been acquired by Microsoft Studios this year.

Microsoft said of inXile: "As part of Microsoft Studios, inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realise its creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new projects". He said the team intends to carry on making role-playing games. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

Pillars of Eternity is a dark, tactical RPG with classic gameplay. Even when it was just a rumor, the acquisition found a prominent critic in writer Chris Avellone, who left Obsidian in 2015 but helped write Fallout: New Vegas, Knights of the Old Republic II as well as older RPG classics like Fallout 2. 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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