Microsoft to Acquire Obsidian Entertainment, Inxile Entertainment

Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment

Two of the industry's most promising RPG crafters are joining Microsoft Studios. They're most recently known for their Kickstarter-backed rekindling of the long-dormant Wasteland and Torment series, with a third entry in the series on the way after another successful round of crowdfunding. Games in its portfolio include the excellent Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Fallout: New Vegas.

InXile Entertainment is based in Newport Beach, headed up by Brian Fargo.

"It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders", Matt Booty, corporate VP Microsoft Studios said in a statement.

Today at X018, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

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inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of PC and RPG expertise.

inXile is also well-known for it's development of role-playing games, including Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Bard's Tale IV and the upcoming Wasteland 3. It specializes in role-playing games and is now working on a third entry in the post-apocalyptic "Wasteland" series.

Both will still work as "independent studios", according to the announcement made at the show.

Pillars of Eternity is a dark, tactical RPG with classic gameplay. They recently released the second Pillars of Eternity game, but rumors about a potential acquisition had heightened in recent weeks. Like they've been espousing all along, Obsidian will allegedly be allowed to operate autonomously through this agreement.

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