Microsoft splashes out on Obsidian and inXile

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Microsoft has announced that it is in the process of buying RPG developers Obsidian and inXile Entertainment. 

Microsoft revealed the ongoing acquisitions at its X018 showcase event in Mexico. The Seattle platform-holder said: “The teams at Obsidian and inXile share a distinguished reputation for creating deep, engaging role-playing games. As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new projects. These two creative teams will continue to operate autonomously and bring their unique talents, IP and expertise to Microsoft Studios as they build new RPG experiences for our players and fans.” 

As described on Microsoft’s website, Obsidian is best known for developing the likes of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity. InXile, meanwhile, established an enviable reputation via games like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera and Bard’s Tale IV.

The announcements mark the continuation of a major Microsoft developer-acquisition spree: in recent months, Microsoft has also acquired Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games. Regarding the acquisition of Obsidian and inXile, Microsoft Studios’ Corporate VP, Matt Booty, said: “It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders. Obsidian and inXile embody all of these qualities while also bringing expertise on the PC platform and a unique RPG focus to the table. It is a genuine pleasure to welcome Obsidian and inXile to the growing Microsoft Studios team and work with them to deliver bigger and more ambitious games for their fans.”