|
Your donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Obsidian Entertainment - [Rumour] Acquisition by Microsoft

Default Obsidian Entertainment - [Rumour] Acquisition by Microsoft

August 10th, 2018, 19:32
It was only a few years ago that Obsidian almost went under because of MS pulling out of a deal. I guess if the owners are ready to cash out then this could be good for them, but as for the PC gamer well MS does not give 2 shits about them. As others have said they want all games in their walled garden of win 10/Xbox games as a monthly charge service.
Terry is offline

Terry

Terry's Avatar
Sentinel

#21

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 319
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 19:42
Yea, it kinda really depends on the staff at Obsidian, and what happens with them. If the core group all sell out and leave the company, then it would effectively mean the end of the company as we have known it. If some or all of them stay on, then they might make some more good rpgs for Xbox and PC.

My biggest concern is Microsoft, in that they might force the games meant for the PC market to be windows 10 only, by making it only compatible with the newest direct x, or some other means…because you know how paranoid and how much of a hard sell Microsoft has done in their campaign to convert all pc owners to windows 10. That would leave me out in the cold because I will have nothing to do with windows 10.
--
To check out my games library, and see what recent games I'm playing, visit my steam profile! -- http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197982351404
Arkadia7 is offline

Arkadia7

Arkadia7's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch
Original Sin 2 Donor

#22

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pacific NorthWest, USA!
Posts: 1,149
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 22:11
It would be completely hilarious, if it's actually true.
Carnifex is offline

Carnifex

SasqWatch

#23

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ormond Beach, FL.
Posts: 6,862
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 23:04
I don't know why we're taking unsubstantiated rumors seriously.

Not to mention the headline and info is wrong. The rumor is that Obsidian sent a letter of acquisition to Microsoft, not the other way around. If you're going to pass off rumors as news, at least get them straight.
Last edited by Silver Coin; August 10th, 2018 at 23:15.
Silver Coin is offline

Silver Coin

Silver Coin's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#24

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 730
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 23:11
What the fuck is up with the Obsidian Ent hate?? If Pillars 2 isn't good enough, what developers do you not hate?! What, Larian? CD Projekt? Cuz, that's it for anyone making pillars 2 level quality RPGs… unless you go much more indie. I mean, damn, do you guys even play RPGs anymore? How would you have time to hate on every developer making RPGs if you were playing them?

And MS buying them would be horrid. I'm perfectly happy with what they're making now and I would rather buy a fantastic game with bugs than a mediocre, by-the-numbers game with no bugs. The latter is way too common IMHO. The very best RPGs all had bugs on release. Hell, Fallout 2 was bug heaven.
--
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx
PegasusOrgans is offline

PegasusOrgans

PegasusOrgans's Avatar
Sentinel

#25

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 23:14
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Yea, it kinda really depends on the staff at Obsidian, and what happens with them. If the core group all sell out and leave the company, then it would effectively mean the end of the company as we have known it. If some or all of them stay on, then they might make some more good rpgs for Xbox and PC.

My biggest concern is Microsoft, in that they might force the games meant for the PC market to be windows 10 only, by making it only compatible with the newest direct x, or some other means…because you know how paranoid and how much of a hard sell Microsoft has done in their campaign to convert all pc owners to windows 10. That would leave me out in the cold because I will have nothing to do with windows 10.
I’m no fan of MS either, but I must admit Windows 10 has been a rock solid OS for me and the few other computers I’ve installed it on.
sakichop is offline

sakichop

SasqWatch
Original Sin Donor

#26

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 4,451
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

August 10th, 2018, 23:28
Originally Posted by PegasusOrgans View Post
What the fuck is up with the Obsidian Ent hate?? If Pillars 2 isn't good enough, what developers do you not hate?! What, Larian? CD Projekt? Cuz, that's it for anyone making pillars 2 level quality RPGs… unless you go much more indie. I mean, damn, do you guys even play RPGs anymore?
Many of their old fans still feel burned from PoE1.

It's sad, because Deadfire is their most solid RPG yet, and Tyranny their most innovative.
Silver Coin is offline

Silver Coin

Silver Coin's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#27

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 730
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 00:17
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
My biggest concern is Microsoft, in that they might force the games meant for the PC market to be windows 10 only, by making it only compatible with the newest direct x, or some other means…because you know how paranoid and how much of a hard sell Microsoft has done in their campaign to convert all pc owners to windows 10. That would leave me out in the cold because I will have nothing to do with windows 10.
It's not like you really have a choice. Windows 7 is EOL in less than a year and a half and at that point, it won't even be a supported platform for new software anymore. I mean, some stuff will obviously still work on it for a while, kinda like some stuff still works on WinXP, but it's really just a matter of time before you are on Windows 10. Makes more sense to just get it over with. Or, I guess, move to a different OS.
Stingray is offline

Stingray

SasqWatch
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#28

Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,566
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 00:51
Originally Posted by Silver Coin View Post
Many of their old fans still feel burned from PoE1.

It's sad, because Deadfire is their most solid RPG yet, and Tyranny their most innovative.
I still do feel burned by PoE and I still support them to hell. Sucker love? Maybe, but both games you mentioned seemed to prove me right. Though I still haven't touched PoEII, cause I maybe, just maybe someone will come along and fix part one…

Would be a shame if they were to be swallowed by MS, because they'd likely be lost to me forever.
Moorkh is offline

Moorkh

Moorkh's Avatar
little backer that could
Original Sin 2 Donor

#29

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 303
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 01:15
That better be just a rumor!
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
That would leave me out in the cold because I will have nothing to do with windows 10.
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
--
The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views….
-- Doctor Who in "Face of Evil"
Zloth is offline

Zloth

Zloth's Avatar
I smell a… wumpus!?

#30

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 5,587
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 02:24
Obsidian games are already released on Microsoft consoles. Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, etc, all with Xbox releases.

There is a 0% chance Obsidian games will ever be Xbox exclusives. The PC market is their most important market. Maybe you mean they won't be on Sony or Nintendo machines…who cares? They barely sell on those platforms as it is.


Obsidian already has a publisher agreement: with Paradox. Unless you think Microsoft is buying Paradox (incredibly unlikely), this is a non starter.
JFarrell71 is offline

JFarrell71

Watcher

#31

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 82
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 02:40
Worst of all is that MS would force every employee to have windows 10 installed.
Japol is offline

Japol

Watcher

#32

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 02:56
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
Obsidian already has a publisher agreement: with Paradox. Unless you think Microsoft is buying Paradox (incredibly unlikely), this is a non starter.
Obsidian cut ties with Paradox after Tyranny. Deadfire is published by Versus Evil, and their next game is funded by Take Two Interactive.
Silver Coin is offline

Silver Coin

Silver Coin's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#33

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 730
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 04:06
Originally Posted by Silver Coin View Post
Obsidian cut ties with Paradox after Tyranny. Deadfire is published by Versus Evil, and their next game is funded by Take Two Interactive.
Thanks, that's (obviously) news to me. I had no awareness of Versus Evil's existence, despite being a Banner Saga fan.
JFarrell71 is offline

JFarrell71

Watcher

#34

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 82
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 05:45
Hey: at least it's not EA.
axellslade is offline

axellslade

axellslade's Avatar
No Title Please

#35

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Osasco, Sao Paulo
Posts: 176
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 06:23
The Black Isle veterans still at Obsidian surely want to move on with their lives. Scrounging around for contracts and wondering if you're going to make payroll in 6 months is all well and good when you're a 30-something, but I'm sure most of these guys have had their fill of that several times over and want some stability with their families.

Good on them if they've finally found a buyer.
Drithius is offline

Drithius

Drithius's Avatar
Laughing Gnome

#36

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 4,325
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 07:49
I would hardly say that Tryanny is there most innovative. I felt they did much better stuff previously. I'd mention a few but there are love hate relationships with a lot of their games and it isn't worth the effort.

I am curious how you determined that Tyranny is their most innovative - please share.

Originally Posted by Silver Coin View Post
Many of their old fans still feel burned from PoE1.

It's sad, because Deadfire is their most solid RPG yet, and Tyranny their most innovative.
you is offline

you

Lazy_dog
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor

#37

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: usa - boston
Posts: 5,037
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 08:22
Tyranny was described by Obsidian as an experimental RPG, and introduced a lot of non-traditional features and concepts. Many of them made their way into Deadfire.

- Magic crafting
- Self-upgrading skills
- Dual reputation system
- Talent trees
- Wounds
- Afflictions
- Parry & Dodge
- Lore tooltips
- New game +
- Conquest Mode
- Missives
- Artifacts
- The setting itself

Keep in mind innovation isn't always positive. Tyranny suffered because of how experimental most of its features were, but I appreciated the innovation nonetheless.
Silver Coin is offline

Silver Coin

Silver Coin's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#38

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 730
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 09:37
This sums up everyone in this thread so far:

--
_______________
Love old text based RPGs? MUDs? Try Shadows of Kalendale:
https://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14727
Caddy is offline

Caddy

Caddy's Avatar
Broken Screwdriver
Original Sin Donor

#39

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 1,853
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)

Default 

August 11th, 2018, 09:55
@Caddy indeed

So, Obsidian - infamous contract workers - potentially get acquired by a partner with nearly infinite wealth.

Microsoft are so large they're not likely to bother micromanaging anything as small as Obsidian. They'll be happy if they get a decent return on any investment and let them have at it.

To me, this seems likely to be a win-win - except for the paranoid moaners who whine on principle.
Darth Tagnan is offline

Darth Tagnan

Darth Tagnan's Avatar
SasqWatch

#40

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 1,620
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Obsidian Entertainment - [Rumour] Acquisition by Microsoft
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 19:20.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright by RPGWatch