Microsoft Officially Acquires Developers inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment

Donna Miller
November 11, 2018

Microsoft has announced at the XO18 event in Mexico City that they have officially acquired Obsidian Entertainment, the developers of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Pillars of Eternity, and many more.

Whether you like the news or not, it's worth mentioning that any games either release on the Xbox platform should launch on Xbox Game Pass like all Microsoft Studios titles.

inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of PC and RPG expertise. "It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders".

Microsoft stresses that both studios will remain autonomous.

Both of these studios used Kickstarter in order to fund their latest games however it seems that this wasn't enough to keep them independent.

Microsoft also discussed the intent to acquire Obsidian Entertainment, emphasizing the desire to preserve the studio's culture and to maximize their potential. "Of course, we're gonna continue doing role-playing games." said inXile CEO Brian Fargo in a video statement shortly after the announcement.

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Furthermore, it was said each will bring expertise into the fold by building "new RPG experiences for our players and fans".

Pillars of Eternity is a dark, tactical RPG with classic gameplay.

Microsoft based their E3 2018 pitch around more games, more developers and expanding its first-party presence in the console market.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

While they do share a common heritage, the two creative teams at Obsidian and inXile are very different. Obsidian's Fallout New Vegas is arguably the best in the series, delivering a memorable branching narrative that far outstripped Bethesda's own sequel, Fallout 4.

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