Xbox Acquires Wasteland, Bard's Tale Studio InXile Entertainment

Isaac Cain
November 12, 2018

Adding a studio like Obsidian Entertainment is an fantastic get for Microsoft Studios, but that's not the only developer the company has added.

Microsoft is set to buy independent RPG developers Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment, it announced today. What this means for gamers remains to be seen, Microsoft's publishing arm has a reputation for enabling studios without squashing creativity - Bungie did quite well there, for awhile - but both inXile and Obsidian have a reputation for caring more about fans than bottom-lines. In September, inXile boss Brian Fargo said he was considering buying back Interplay, the studio he co-founded in the early '80s-and he was serious about it. "[This purchase will] allow us to make role-playing games for many years to come". The studio just released Bard's Tale IV and, presumably, the upcoming Wasteland 3 will launch on Xbox One and Windows 10.

As part of X018, we will announce Microsoft's intent to acquire Obsidian Entertainment. Over the last fifteen years, they have delivered genre-defining RPGs to players on both console and PC through titles including Fallout: "New Vegas, South Park: "The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity".

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The developer of Wasteland 2 joins Microsoft Studios and bolsters the Xbox team with some serious RPG cred.

Last month, rumours surrounding Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment came to a head, with many sources stating that it was nearly complete. With Microsoft's tech and financing, inXile and Obsidian should be able to find new heights with their respective games, which have recently been funded primarily via Kickstarter.

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