Microsoft Studios acquires acclaimed RPG developers Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment

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Microsoft Studios Acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment

Microsoft announced today during their X018 live stream from Mexico City that they have acquired Obsidian Entertainment. Famous for Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and most recently Pillars of Eternity, this is a pretty surprising addition given the company's past. Living up to BioWare's original title was no easy feat, but KOTOR II was also met with favorable reviews upon its release for Xbox in 2004. 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 chose to pick up two more: Obsidian and inXile. The team at inXile has earned a distinguished reputation for creating deep, engaging role-playing games. This adds to their already growing portfolio of Xbox studios. Whether it means that the inherited projects will become an Xbox and PC exclusive or just a way to help stabilise Obsidian's financials before moving onto titles like that, we'll have to see - however, they did hint at the future for both developers in the press release.

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"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's Brian Fargo said joining Microsoft allows the studio to tap into the "incredible Microsoft ecosystems that is second to none". They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

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