Microsoft Studios Acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment


And at their X018 event Saturday, they company revealed their intent to bring two studios into their fold: Obsidian Entertainment and inXile, bringing their total studio count to 13.

And as reported a while ago, Obsidian Entertainment are also joining Microsoft Studios. They're most recently known for their Kickstarter-backed rekindling of the long-dormant Wasteland and Torment series, with a third entry in the series on the way after another successful round of crowdfunding. This boost their platform with some awesome RPG credibility.

"It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders", said Microsoft Studios Corporate VP Matt Botty. "[This purchase will] allow us to make role-playing games for many years to come".

"As part of Microsoft Studios, inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize its creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new projects", Microsoft said in a statement. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

Pillars of Eternity is a dark, tactical RPG with classic gameplay.

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Obsidian's latest release is Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, which is already out on PC and scheduled for release on the PS4 and Xbox One sometime in Q4, 2018.

The developer of Wasteland 2 joins Microsoft Studios and bolsters the Xbox team with some serious RPG cred.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart.

Last month, rumours surrounding Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment came to a head, with many sources stating that it was nearly complete.