And it seems that the rumors were true after all. Microsoft has just announced that it has acquired both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment. These two PC studies are now part of Microsoft's first-person studies, so it is interesting to see what games they develop for Microsoft platforms.
Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, California, by industry veterans of Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart. The studio quickly made a name for itself with the exclusive Xbox Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. For the past fifteen years, they have delivered role-playing games that define the genre to players both on the console and on the PC through titles that include Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity.
inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of experience in PC and RPG. Directed by Interplay founder Brian Fargo, the two inXile development teams in Newport Beach, California and New Orleans excel at creating vast worlds for players to explore with titles such as Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Bard's Tale IV and the next Wasteland 3..
Both studios used Kickstarter to fund their latest games, however, it seems that this was not enough to keep them independent. Or at least that is the message we receive from this acquisition. Another studio that was in the same boat was Ninja Theory. While Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a commercial success, Microsoft has already acquired this study.