Microsoft has introduced it can purchase Obsidian Entertainment, developer of role-playing video games together with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Alpha Protocol, and Pillars of Eternity, amongst others. The announcement was made throughout X018, an Xbox fan occasion that’s happening in Mexico City.
“As one of the industry’s premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions,” Microsoft stated in a press release.
This is certainly one of two acquisitions Microsoft revealed intentions of creating throughout X018. It can be set to acquire inXile Entertainment, the studio behind Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep. As Microsoft notes itself, these two studios share heritage and develop video games in related genres. The platform holder has stated each Obsidian and inXile “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 additionally notes that with these two new studios as a part of its household, Microsoft Studios is now made up of “13 distinct and diverse game development teams.” During E3 2018, Microsoft confirmed acquisitions of Santa Monica-based The Initiative, a brand new studio led by Darrell Gallagher, former head of studio for Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics.
Additionally, State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Forza Horizon studio Playground Games, We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory, the British developer of Heavenly Sword, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, have been additionally added to its studio portfolio.