Microsoft buys Obsidian, inXile for future Xbox exclusive titles

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American tech giant, Microsoft, won’t stop making more Xbox One exlusive titles.

In early 2018, Microsoft announced there would be five new studios to join their family, and now there’s more.

California-based inXile Entertainment as well as Obsidian Entertainment are being acquired by Microsoft.

Brian Fargo formed inXile which develops RPG games such as “Wasteland 2”.

Obsidian Entertainment is California-based also. They have developed popular games, like “Fallout: New Vegas”, “Pillars of Eternity” series, and “South Park: The Stick of Truth”.

inXile and Obsidian will remedy the lack of RPG games on Xbox. Though both inXile and Obsidian will operate separately.

While they do share a common heritage, the two creative teams at Obsidian and inXile are very different.

They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.

As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize their creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new RPG projects.

– Matt Booty, Head of Xbox games

inXile and Obidian will join the following acquired studios by Microsoft: Playground Games, Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, The Initiative, and Compulsion Games.

In total, Microsoft now has 13 game development teams.

Those teams will help Microsoft create more first-party titles for Xbox One. This strategy is to keep up with the various exclusive titles of the PlayStation 4 console by Sony.

It’s expected that in 2020, the next generation of Microsoft’s game console war against Nintendo, Sony, and others will begin.