Microsoft Studios acquires acclaimed RPG developers Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment

Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment

Microsoft Studios Acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment

The acquisitions of inXile and Obsidian brings Microsoft Studios' first-party stocks up to a distinct and diverse thirteen teams.

Officially announced during the X018 celebration event, Obsidian Entertainment was the latest studio to join the Microsoft family - despite their rocky past.

Founded in 2002 by Interplay founder Brian Fargo, inXile has studios in Newport Beach, Calif. and New Orleans. "[This purchase will] allow us to make role-playing games for many years to come". The second studio, inXile, is known for games like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Bard's Tale IV.

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While the Pillars of Eternity series is perhaps best-known by the PC crowd, Xbox owners are probably more familiar with Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the sequel to BioWare's critically-acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic RPG. While Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a commercial success, Microsoft has already acquired this studio.

InXile is now working on several projects including The Bard's Tale and Wasteland 3, the latter of which is scheduled for release in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise. They also in recent years had a game in development for Microsoft called Stormlands though that project never got off the ground before it was cancelled in 2012 according to Kotaku. With Microsoft's tech and financing, inXile and Obsidian should be able to find new heights with their respective games, which have recently been funded primarily via Kickstarter.

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