Microsoft officially acquires Obsidian Entertainment

Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment

As part of our commitment to bringing a steady stream of new, exclusive games to our fans, I'm excited to announce Microsoft's intent to acquire a new game development studio - inXile Entertainment.

Obsidian Entertainment specialises in RPGs, with its current RPG being Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

"It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders", Matt Booty, corporate VP Microsoft Studios said in a statement.

inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of PC and RPG expertise. He said the team intends to carry on making role-playing games. What this means for gamers remains to be seen, Microsoft's publishing arm has a reputation for enabling studios without squashing creativity - Bungie did quite well there, for awhile - but both inXile and Obsidian have a reputation for caring more about fans than bottom-lines. The announcement was made today at Microsoft's Inside Xbox X018 press conference which was broadcasted live from Mexico City. This adds to their already growing portfolio of Xbox studios. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

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InXile head Brian Fargo has enjoyed an illustrious career producing quality RPGs that put choice and effect at the forefront.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, Calif.by industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart.

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

Obsidian had previously mentioned that they weren't ready for Fallout: New Vegas to be their last game in the Fallout-verse.

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