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 part of 11 different studios, together with Hellblade developer Ninja Theory, which Microsoft acquired earlier this yr.- Advertisement -
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 growth department and supply extra video games for Xbox consoles in addition to Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft Studios vice-president Matt Booty mentioned in an announcement: “The 13 distinct and numerous sport growth groups that type Microsoft Studios are targeted on implementing new Microsoft applied sciences, delivering content material for brand spanking new platforms and providers like Xbox Game Pass, and creating unique video games that flip gamers into loyal Xbox followers. We are dedicated to increasing the Microsoft Studios franchises gamers already love, and investing in new, unique content material for each kind of gamer.”
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Obsidian is an particularly large acquisition for Microsoft. The studio is liable for a number of the biggest RPGs of all time. On its record are titles like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (a sport that we expect various), 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 type affords Obsidian many artistic advantages, its transfer away from greater price range 3D titles can be believed to be as a result of excessive value of such tasks.
Obviously, a take care of Microsoft places such tasks again into play once more. Dare we dream of a big-budget RPG that options the depth, delicate storytelling, and unbelievable character growth of an Obsidian title in addition to the perfect of recent graphics and sound? This deal implies that we could quickly discover out.
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