During the Xbox fan event X018, Microsoft announced that it has purchased Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth studio Obsidian Entertainment. In addition to this, the company also announced that it has bought inXile Entertainment, which is the creator of Torment: Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2. This announcement was followed by rumors which said that Microsoft would acquire Obsidian and this was initially reported by gaming blog Kotaku. Post this acquisition, both Obsidian and inXile would still be functioning independently with each task and also build “new RPG experiences” for Microsoft’s target audience.
Matt Booty, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios during a statement, said thus- “It was important for us to find studio partners who had strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and would be expert world-builders. Obsidian and inXile embody all of these qualities along with bringing expertise on the PC platform and a unique RPG focus to the table. They will continue to operate independently and autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise. Since they are a part of Microsoft Studios as well, Obsidian and inXile will have complete support and freedom to fully realize and fulfill their creative ambitions on both existing franchises as well as new RPG projects.”
Microsoft, at its E3 2018 press conference, announced its acquisition over four gaming studios. The acquired studios include Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and Compulsion Games. The acquisition of studios like the Playground Games has been making the Forza Horizon series for Xbox and PC exclusive games. The acquisition of the Undead Labs (State of Decay) wasn’t a huge surprise since it could be anticipated.
There’s also a fifth studio in the mix, which is known as The Initiative. This is based in Santa Monica. The acquisition of five of the studios by Microsoft is its way of reaffirming that it is committed to first-party games. The lack of first-party titles resulted in the Xbox One Rs 4,599 falling behind the pecking order in the consoles of this generation.