Microsoft acquires Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment
It’s no secret that PlayStation has been knocking it out of park with its slate of exclusive games like God of War, Spider-man, and Horizon Zero Dawn, and Microsoft definitely took it to heart. During E3 2018, Microsoft announced the acquisition of lauded developers like Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs, and Compulsion Games, along with the creation of The Initiative.
But the moves didn’t stop there. Over the weekend during the Xo18 event in Mexico City, Microsoft announced that Obsidian Entertainment will be joining the Microsoft roster of developers. Obsidian Entertainment are the developers behind such games as Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, Pillars of Eternity, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dungeon Siege III, and Neverwinter Nights 2.
Microsoft also announced that they are acquiring inXile Entertainment, the studio behind games like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Bard’s Tale IV. Wasteland 3 is currently in development.
“It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders,” said Matt Booty, corporate vice president, Microsoft Studios, on the Xbox Wire blog. “Obsidian and inXile embody all of these qualities while also bringing expertise on the PC platform and a unique RPG focus to the table.
“While they do share a common heritage, the two creative teams at Obsidian and inXile are very different,” Booty continued. “They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise. As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize their creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new RPG projects.”
Check out the announcement below: