Microsoft will buy Obsidian (apparently)

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Cobra Commander, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander A Smooth-Skin

    Dec 6, 2016

    Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is all but done.

    One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they’d heard it was “90%” finished. Said a second person: “It’s a matter of when, not if.”

    Obsidian, best known for its work on critically acclaimed role-playing games like Knights of the Old Republic II (2004) and Fallout: New Vegas (2010), has been independent since it was founded in 2003. The Irvine, California-based studio has long been beloved by RPG fans, but has often faced financial strains, nearly going out of business in 2012 before it signed a deal for an online tank game and launched a Kickstarter for the isometric throwback that would become Pillars of Eternity.

    One compelling argument for the sale is that being owned by a company with deep pockets will offer Obsidian stability and resources the likes of which it has never had before.


    Holy cow. :o

  2. Hulk'O'Saurus

    Hulk'O'Saurus First time out of the vault

    Jul 10, 2018
    I am suspicious of it. But owners want to retire and now is the time to push for that.

    Only lower quality games can come out of that, though.

    Deadfire already plays a bit too liberally with some ideas. It has it's very good moments, like the BoW expansion, but I think it dumbs down the class designs a bit and tries to appeal to a wider audience through some weird mmo-like combat system that is reminiscent, at least to me, of the other PoE--Path of Exile. It also has these strange modern quips in writing, which is kind of weird when you talk about beings of immense power--such as the Gods... I don't want to pull the devil by the tail... but it does smell a bit more of cashy grabby than the first Pillars.

    Stability will not make good games in the end... sorry.
  3. RonPaul08

    RonPaul08 First time out of the vault

    Oct 2, 2018
    Well, RIP. No chance at another Obsidian Fallout game, and like all studios acquired by Micro$haft will become ruined and pidgeonholed into the mobile market
  4. yfk12

    yfk12 Degenerate who belongs on a cross

    May 31, 2018
    I think it'll go down the same path that Rare did 15 years ago. In a decade, we'll probably see Obsidian putting out crap like Sea of Thieves.
  5. Norzan

    Norzan Vault Dweller

    Apr 7, 2017
    Yeah, having more financial backing from one of the richest companies in the world doesn't mean they'll suddenly make better games. Just look at Rare, it went to shit when Microsoft bought it and i bet it happened to other companies that were bought by Microsoft as well.
  6. Paladin Hank

    Paladin Hank First time out of the vault

    May 6, 2018
    Hope this doesn't tamper with the super duper secret project Tim and Leonard are working on. God Microsoft sucks
  7. yfk12

    yfk12 Degenerate who belongs on a cross

    May 31, 2018
  8. Norzan

    Norzan Vault Dweller

    Apr 7, 2017
    I guess Microsoft is trying to beat EA at being the king of buying companies and then discarding them when they seemingly aren't profitable anymore.
  9. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander A Smooth-Skin

    Dec 6, 2016
    I think is good news :cool:

    Maybe now the supposedly disastrous administration of Urquhart do not destroy the company once and for all.
  10. yfk12

    yfk12 Degenerate who belongs on a cross

    May 31, 2018
    Eh. Publishers generally try to make as much money as possible, and I don't really trust Microsoft to realize that Obsidian is a niche developer and to treat it as such.
    Basically, I'm worried that in a decade or two we'll be discussing Obsidian the way we're discussing Fallout now.
  11. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander A Smooth-Skin

    Dec 6, 2016
    I think they have the potential to be more than that.

    And even if M$ puts the guys to work on the IPs of the house, they are all wonderful.

    I'm ready any day of the week for an RPG in the Age of Mythology universe :cool:

  12. yfk12

    yfk12 Degenerate who belongs on a cross

    May 31, 2018
    However, the average gamer probably wouldn't be too interested in most of Obsidian's games.
    For example, just look at Microsoft's games since 2015: 3 FPS's, 3 racing games, 1 TPS, a word puzzle game, a platformer, an action- adventure game, and a survival game. For the most part, these are audiences who would probably have very little interest in a CRPG.
    So, while Microsoft obviously will want Obsidian to keep making RPGs, their idea of what the RPG should look like is probably closer to that of Bethesda's.

    TL;DR: We're screwed.
  13. GonZo_626

    GonZo_626 Well Shit!

    Jul 29, 2016
    Nothing good can come from this
  14. Big No

    Big No Watch as I open and close this door

    Oct 28, 2014
    Key word would be "trying". Nobody can beat EA.
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  15. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander A Smooth-Skin

    Dec 6, 2016
    New Shadowrun AAA open world by Obsidian/Microsoft? Soon is possible :cool:
  16. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Hopefully new upper management would fuck fat Urquhart's arse really hard every single day. He's deserve it.
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