Microsoft will acquire two new studios: Obsidian Games and inXile

Yolanda Curtis
November 12, 2018

Adding a studio like Obsidian Entertainment is an awesome get for Microsoft Studios, but that's not the only developer the company has added.

Game development takes time, so we haven't yet even begun to see the fruits of those partnerships, but to ensure Microsoft couldn't be accused of letting things sit idly in the meantime, it made a decision to pick up two more: Obsidian and inXile. These rumours have since been officially confirmed at Microsoft's X018, along with the surprise purchase of inXile Entertainment.

The original Wasteland - an open-world, science fiction role-playing game - was developed by Fargo at his Interplay Productions studio under publisher Electronic Arts. The second studio, inXile, is known for games like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Bard's Tale IV. While Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a commercial success, Microsoft has already acquired this studio. 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.

"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 said in a statement. Founded in 2003 in Irvine, California, Obsidian is famous for creating some of the greatest computer RPGs of all-time.

The acquisitions plug a bit of a gap in Microsoft's core lineup, which has lacked strong RPG chops for many years.

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