Today, American tech giant Microsoft announced the acquisition of RPG Developers Obsidian and inXile. Notably, Obsidian and inXile are two of the biggest heavy hitters in the RPG Gaming Industry. This announcement came during the annual XO18 fan fest held by Microsoft in Mexico City.
Microsoft emphasizes the fact that both the studios will remain autonomous even after the acquisition. However, what this acquisition means for gamers is still unknown. Although, Microsoft’s publishing arm does have a reputation for enabling studios without ruining their creative process – bungie also did quite well there, at least for awhile. Not to forget, both inXile and Obsidian have a long reputation of caring about their fans more than the bottom line.
Both these acquired studios are highly beloved by their fans. inXile is best known for its world famous top-down perspective role playing RPG games like Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera. The studio recently released Bard’s Tale IV and presumably the upcoming Wasteland 3 will launch on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
Obsidian, on the other hand is also famous for its role playing games, however, their titles always tend to be a bit more action oriented. The studio’s portfolio includes the amazing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Fallout: New Vegas. More recently, they released South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity.
(Bhavik Grover is a technology journalist. He has several years of experience working as a tech journalist for various reputed tech publications in the digital ecosystem. He also has industry knowledge of the current Silicon Valley tech culture. He is always ready to take up new reporting jobs in the technology field.)