Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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Microsoft Acquires ‘The Bard’s Tale’ Developer inXile Entertainment

Microsoft Acquires ‘The Bard’s Tale’ Developer inXile Entertainment

In addition to Obsidian, inXile Entertainment was also added to Microsoft's portfolio of developers added during today's announcements. inXile is known for their work on games such as Wasteland and The Bard's Tale.

Obsidian, formed in 2003, has made a name for itself for its slate of story-driven RPGs, most notably Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Founded in 2002 by Interplay founder Brian Fargo, inXile has studios in Newport Beach, Calif. and New Orleans.

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

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


Microsoft says that there are now "13 distinct and diverse game development teams" at the company.

Furthermore, it was said each will bring expertise into the fold by building "new RPG experiences for our players and fans".

As part of X018, we will announce Microsoft's intent to acquire Obsidian Entertainment. Whether it means that the inherited projects will become an Xbox and PC exclusive or just a way to help stabilise Obsidian's financials before moving onto titles like that, we'll have to see - however, they did hint at the future for both developers in the press release. Like they've been espousing all along, Obsidian will allegedly be allowed to operate autonomously through this agreement.

Microsoft stresses that both studios will remain autonomous.

Obsidian had previously mentioned that they weren't ready for Fallout: New Vegas to be their last game in the Fallout-verse. Avellone tweeted to Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, that in the event of an acquisition, Obsidian's management should be let go.

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