Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Microsoft absorbs RPG developers Obsidian and inXile

Wasteland 2 Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment
Sandy Mccarthy | 11 November, 2018, 07:12

Officially announced during the X018 celebration event, Obsidian Entertainment was the latest studio to join the Microsoft family - despite their rocky past.

inXile is also well-known for it's development of role-playing games, including Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Bard's Tale IV and the upcoming Wasteland 3. 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. 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.

inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of PC and RPG expertise. It specializes in role-playing games and is now working on a third entry in the post-apocalyptic "Wasteland" series. The studio quickly made a name for itself with the Xbox exclusive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. More recently, it's released South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian shares a common ancestry with inXile, across studios like Black Isle and Interplay, with heavy RPG leanings.

United Kingdom transport minister resigns over Brexit
Mrs May also had to deal with a challenge from Northern Ireland's DUP whose support she needs to command a Commons majority. The referendum, he said, should have three choices, endorse Ms May's deal, leave without a deal, or remain in the EU.

Some of the most likely reasons for Microsoft picking up both of these studios is to add more titles to Xbox Game Pass and continue to support services similar to that in the future.

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

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