Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment are set to join Microsoft Studios.
Two of the industry’s most promising RPG crafters are joining Microsoft Studios.
The first is inXile Entertainment, known recently for Torment: Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2 on Xbox. The second is Obsidian Entertainment, recently renowned for Fallout New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the Pillars of Eternity series. The announcements were made today at X018, adding to Microsoft’s growing list of first-party studios.
inXile Entertainment is currently working on Wasteland 3, and recently launched The Bard’s Tale IV dungeon crawler on PC. Wasteland is perhaps the big story for Microsoft Studios here, an IP which went on to heavily inspire the Fallout franchise, which InXile founder Brian Fargo helped shape. Obsidian just shipped Pillars of Eternity II on PC, and is currently working on bringing the acclaimed RPG to Xbox One and other platforms.
Wasteland 3 ditches the deserts of the previous games for apocalyptic, wintry climbs.
Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty noted to us in a statement that inXile will retain autonomy to create whatever it chooses, and that the studio will continue to deliver great RPG experiences in the future. The same holds true for Obsidian Entertainment, and despite the common heritage both studios share, they will remain free to choose their own creative destiny.