One of the more promising moments from Microsoft’s almost resurgent showing at this year’s E3 was the news that they had bolstered their first-party stocks by acquiring a number of talented studios. It seems they’ve kept their foot on the pedal acquiring yet another studio in inXile Entertainment.
With decades of experience in bringing wonderful role-playing to both PC and console, inXile is led by a team of industry veterans and led by Interplay founder Brian Fargo.
With two teams in Newport Beach, California and New Orleans, inXile has a heap of genre-defining classics under their belt including Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera and Bard’s Tale IV.
As part of X018, it was also announced that Microsoft had acquired Obsidian Entertainment, bolstering their stocks yet again after announcing the planned acquisition of inXile Entertainment.
It’s an exciting time for Xbox owners with Microsoft having acquired two of the premiere developers for role-playing games. Obsidian made a name for itself with Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. In the fifteen years that followed they’ve added Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick Of Truth and Pillars of Eternity to an astounding resumé.
On the acquisition, Microsoft said: “As one of the industry’s premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realise their creative ambitions.”
The acquisitions of inXile and Obsidian brings Microsoft Studios’ first-party stocks up to a distinct and diverse thirteen teams.