Microsoft introduced at its X018 occasion that it has added two hardcore RPG builders to its lineup of first-party studios: Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth) and inXile Entertainment (Wasteland). Obsidian and inXile be a part of 11 different studios, together with Hellblade developer Ninja Theory, which Microsoft acquired earlier this 12 months.
Along with Microsoft’s flagship builders — Rare, 343, The Coalition, and Mojang — these newest acquisitions are a part of a push by the corporate to diversify its first-party improvement department and supply extra video games for Xbox consoles in addition to Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft Studios vice-president Matt Booty stated in a press release: “The 13 distinct and diverse game development teams that form Microsoft Studios are focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans. We are committed to expanding the Microsoft Studios franchises players already love, and investing in new, exclusive content for every type of gamer.”
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Obsidian is an particularly big acquisition for Microsoft. The studio is chargeable for a number of the best RPGs of all time. On its record are titles like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (a recreation that we predict numerous), Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian is an amazing RPG studio that has spent many latest years making old-school isometric RPGs. While that fashion affords Obsidian many inventive advantages, its transfer away from greater price range 3D titles can be believed to be as a result of excessive price of such initiatives.
Obviously, a take care of Microsoft places such initiatives again into play once more. Dare we dream of a big-budget RPG that options the depth, refined storytelling, and unbelievable character improvement of an Obsidian title in addition to the most effective of contemporary graphics and sound? This deal implies that we could quickly discover out.
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