Microsoft Acquires Two More Development Studios

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Microsoft Acquires Two More Development Studios

Officially announced during the X018 celebration event, Obsidian Entertainment was the latest studio to join the Microsoft family - despite their rocky past. The second studio, inXile, is known for games like Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Bard's Tale IV.

The rumors were true: Microsoft has purchased Obsidian Entertainment - but it also bought Brian Fargo's inXile Entertainment. Obsidian just shipped Pillars of Eternity II on PC, and is now working on bringing the acclaimed RPG to Xbox One and other platforms.

According to Microsoft, InXile will have "the support and freedom to fully realize creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new projects". It specializes in role-playing games and is now working on a third entry in the post-apocalyptic "Wasteland" series.

"The 13 distinct and diverse game development teams that form Microsoft Studios are focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans", explains Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Matt Booty. Previous year the studio mentioned that they wouldn't be opposed to an acquisition if the fit was natural and now it looks like Microsoft has arrived to fit that bill.

Obsidian Entertainment specialises in RPGs, with its current RPG being Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. 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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