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Company News Obsidian reportedly about to be acquired by Microsoft

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Belegarsson Savant Patron

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    Out there somewhere, MCA is reading this, and

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  2. janjetina Arcane

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    It figures that it's shitty Fleetwood Mac version with no Peter Green. Now this is the right stuff:
     
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  3. Lawntoilet Educated

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    If even 10% of what MCA said about his management practices is true, I can't imagine he'll be able to stay under the radar long before getting booted.

    If we take Bioware as a case study - they put out 2 decent games after getting bought out in my opinion, DA:O and Mass Effect (I actually didn't mind ME2 or ME3 either for sci-fi pulp, but they weren't RPGs anymore). The :decline: had already started at Bioware at that point too, so we might get 3 more decent RPGs from Obsidian before they end up shunted to some retarded MMO department.
     
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  4. DeepOcean Arcane

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    Don't be fooled by Microsoft, they aren't much different from EA, Age of Empires Definitive Edition was a mess, Microsoft pushed the game out of the door without fucking match making, exclusive for a certain version of Windows 10 and on the Microsoft store, the game had graphics that managed to be worse than the original Age of Empires too. They are seeking developers to produce popamole exclusives for Xbox One as they are being slaughtered by Sony on that front, you can consider any isometric RPG/traditional RPG inspired project from Obsidian an extreme low probability.

    They want popamole exclusives to feed the Xbone and that is it.

    Interesting is that I don't give a single fuck anyway, Obsidian completed its metamorphosis on a mediocre company as any other on the market anyway, their especial sthick of well written RPGs isn't a reality anymore, so nothing of value was lost. If they fail, they will be shot in the head by Microsoft and if they succeed, they will become like Raven, technically still existing and technically still making FPS games but now completely assimilated on the Borg manufacturing plants of Borg-Activision, shitting Call of Duty games forever, it will be just a zombie name that mean nothing anymore.
     
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  5. Neanderthal Arcane

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    Microsoft have hired some world class talent to go over Obsidians books, and are quite certain that buying the firm will be profitable. I never knew Stevie Wonder did accounting but there you go.
     
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  6. mustawd. Magister

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    An IP that hasn’t produced anything so far. In terms of a large company acquirig a smaller studio with projects in the pipeline, let’s not forget that Disney completly scrapped all the Star Wars projects in progress at the time of the LucasArts acquisition in favor of their own interpretations. I wouldn’t be surprised if that project is in trouble.

    We’ll see. Would love to see it come to fruition.
     
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  7. sser Arcane Cuck Developer

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    Damn I'm fucking dumb I read this down to the last panel before realizing it was double-posted.
     
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  8. deuxhero Arcane

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    Yeah, I can't really tell what MS suits think they'll get beyond a name, the mediocre PoE and the dialog tools they made for Onyx (before porting them to other engines). At least Ninja Theory had motion capture stuff (which was the primary reason they lasted so long in the first place) lots of studios wouldn't mind having.
     
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  9. Terra Learned

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    How long until Feargus is deownered?
     
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  10. mustawd. Magister

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    I doubt he cares. I’m sure the owners walked away with a nice payday.
     
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  11. Big Wrangle Scholar

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    Feargus is a buisnessman, not a creator. As long as he manages to get the big profit, it's all good.
     
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  12. Decado Prestigious Gentleman Old time handsome face wrecker Patron

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    Lots of companies are realizing they need smaller, "indie" shops in their stables. You can't just put one blockbuster out every 18 months -- they used to know this, they forgot in the early 2000s and now they're remembering. Especially since game development has gotten easier and more standardized with tools like Unity. This is why Take 2 opened Private Division, and why Sony and Nintendo have been pushing indie games on their platforms for years now.
     
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  13. ColCol Arcane

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    And nothing of value was lost.
     
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  14. FreeKaner Prophet of the Dumpsterfire

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    The perfect end to this dumpsterfire, off to the landfill.
     
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  15. Zakhad Savant

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    Then loudly cried the bold Sir Bedivere:
    "Ah! my Lord Arthur, whither shall I go?
    Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes?
    For now I see the true old times are dead,
    When every morning brought a noble chance,
    And every chance brought out a noble knight.
    Such times have been not since the light that led
    The holy Elders with the gift of myrrh.
    But now the whole Round Table is dissolved
    Which was an image of the mighty world;
    And I, the last, go forth companionless,
    And the days darken round me, and the years,
    Among new men, strange faces, other minds."
     
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  16. Roguey Arcane Sawyerite Sawyerist Sawyer's Bride No Fun Allowed

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    Competition over shelf space contributed to this, but now that digital distribution is running fine and well on consoles, it's no longer an issue.
     
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  17. Ismaul Arcane Patron

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    Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech A Beautifully Desolate Campaign
    I hope he's able to do something he's passionate about with a good team. Despite his mistakes and failings, the guy's got talent and it would be a loss to us cRPG players if he'd stopped experimenting and making games.
     
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  18. TZ3K Arcane

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    Bow down to your only lord and savior Swen.

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  19. Glaucon Savant

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    Can't wait for Chris to comment on this.
     
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  20. Fenix Cipher Vatnik

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    Why should he?
     
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  21. Glaucon Savant

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    I dunno? cus he's a jilted ex-lover? He's commented on every minor bit of obsidian news the last few months, why would he stop now.
     
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  22. Kruno Scholar

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    IT'S THE LAW!
     
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  23. mustawd. Magister

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    I AM THE LAW!!!

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    sorry, I couldn’t resist.
     
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  24. Dawkinsfan69 Arbiter Bethestard

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    fuck ya I've been waiting for a forza rpg

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  25. Shin Savant

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    Oh boy, can't wait for Dungeon Siege IV..! Or heck, a new South Park game..! Or that amazing Pathfinder game for iOS finally ported to PC..!
     
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