MS Acquires Obsidian and inXile

A Special Announcement from Obsidian Entertainment reveals that the RPG developer has been acquired by Microsoft. On an identical note, this video likewise announces that Microsoft has also acquired inXile, another developer primarily focused on role-playing games (thanks MeanJim). It's probably not a coincidence that both studios were bought at once, as they were both formed from the ashes of Interplay, and have collaborated in the past, most recently on Wasteland 2. This was not without warning, as Kotaku reported a rumor last month that Microsoft was eyeing Obsidian. At the time Obsidian said they "don’t comment on rumors or speculation," and as it turns out they apparently also don't comment on accurate reports. GamesIndustry.biz has more on the news, which they say is focused on Game Pass subscribers. They also relate Microsoft's expected reassurances that both studios will maintain their autonomy:
It's all part of Microsoft's efforts to expand its internal development resource to boost the number of titles it offers via Xbox platforms and specifically its Game Pass subscription offer.

Both studios are known for creating games in similar genres (indeed, members of both teams have worked on the Fallout series, for instance), but Microsoft insists that despite their common heritage, the two teams are different and "will continue to operate autonomously and bring their unique talents, IP, and expertise to Microsoft Studios as they build new RPG experiences for our players and fans." Microsoft says that both studios will preserve their individual cultures 'to realise their creative ambitions'.

Corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty said in a statement: "The 13 distinct and diverse game development teams that form Microsoft Studios are focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans. We are committed to expanding the Microsoft Studios franchises players already love, and investing in new, exclusive content for every type of gamer."

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Icewind wrote on Nov 11, 2018, 13:59:
Fion wrote on Nov 11, 2018, 13:34:
I'm not sure what M$ is thinking here, Obsidian pretty exclusively makes cRPGs, a genre that has never done well on consoles.

Still.. sucks. Not every game of theirs was a success, but Obsidian (and many of it's developers) have been involved in making some of the best RPGs in gaming history.

Maybe they see it starting to change. Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, and Divinity Original Sin all have console versions and apparently they did well enough to have their sequels come out (or about to come out) on the same consoles. Has to be a viable market there if these companies are willing to pump money into porting and Q&A for them.

I recently developed bad carpal tunnel in my right hand and can't play the CRPGs I always have since mouse movement gives me pain. Due to this, I grabbed Pillars of Eternity on Xbox and was amazed at how well it controlled. Same for Wasteland 2. Though Divinity Original Sin 2 has fully integrated gamepad controls on PC, most of these CRPGs do not. It's really helped me continue to play these games even though I no longer am able to hold a mouse. Good for gamers well into their 40s like myself.

Though it's not due to that, I think Microsoft just sees CRPGs moving to the console in much the same way JRPGs have begun to move to the PC. Both the PC and console are so similar now as platforms, that there exists no reason why one style of game would be considered better suited for one over the other. Especially if that rumor about the next Xbox having mouse support in games is true.

Just a thought.

Try the 3M vertical mouse, or switch your mouse to your other hand (took me about 3 days to get used to it). I can't even pickup a regular mouse these days without getting pain in my hand.
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