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Microsoft rumoured to purchase Obsidian Entertainment

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JRPGfan said: 
Carl said:
As long as they have creative freedom, sure.

Creative freedom is just a PR buzzword for Xbox, reality doesnt seem to line up with their words.

Look at rare.... all the creative freedom in the world... and they choose to make a cheap games as a service, mmo like game?
I doubt buy that for a secound, MS told them they had to do such and such, and the result is sea of theives.

Same with Fable.... they wanted to do a normal fable game, but MS got them makeing a games as a service moba,....
and resulted in MS closeing down the studio.

MS doesnt seem to trust studios with creative freedom.

Can you provide any sources for that, regarding Sea of Thieves?



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JRPGfan said:
That does not sound like it would go well...... Obsidian make very differnt games than what MS seeming is aiming for lately.

This would be like MS getting Rare, and setting them to make those silly connect games.
Its not a good match.

That to me sounds exactly like what MS should do right now, aim at dev teams that do stuff MS isn't known for, so that they are there when next gen launches and they can cater to a totally different audience



They won't get creative freedom and they won't have a budget free from constraints. Be a very bad move for them and the industry. For the life of me I can't understand why Microsoft don't develop more studios of their own. They have the money, they're just too lazy to do it.



Good luck to obsidian because they are gonna need it.



I don't like this, but it's good for Xbox and Windows consumer. Obsidian are a gem in this day and age, they can deliver great rpg replacing old bioware i don't want them to be exclusive only for Microsoft. If that happen i hope there will be other studios that surpassed them on making classic RPG .

Out of topic, this is why capitalism suck ass. Anyone who got money can buy everything they want including Studios. That's why i hate rich company like Apple and Microsoft. But it's funny how SONY can keep up with them and beet them.



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Kerotan said:
They won't get creative freedom and they won't have a budget free from constraints. Be a very bad move for them and the industry. For the life of me I can't understand why Microsoft don't develop more studios of their own. They have the money, they're just too lazy to do it

It's Microsoft.u can't expect anything less.



I don't trust MS even nearly enough to consider this even remotely a good thing. I fully expected MS to screw up Obsidian somehow. If there's nothing else, Obsidian's future games might just become Store-exclusives. This is the worst gaming news I've heard in a long time, I think.

Ideally, this means Obsidian gets the funds to do greater stuff and Microsoft gets some good console exclusives, but I'm not really expecting the ideal situation to realize - at least in the long run.

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Azzanation said:

Obsidian are a talented company and some times companies need a good budget to really shine and blow the doors in this industry. MS will surely give them what they need to make a good game. They wont be wasting there investment in a brand for nothing, that's not how they work.

That's the thing though - with high budget, there are certain expectations for sales. When it comes to AAA publishers that usually means lot of common denominators (to be polite) with mass market games...not something, I'd think, anyone liking Obsidian's games would wish for really.



Don't like anything about it. Will never own a MS console, nor game on W10, so it's a loss of potential games in the future for me. Just don't like MS in general, and don't want to see them buying devs for reasons that are both obvious and have been outlined ad nauseum by not only myself in the past, but other members on this very thread. I guess, whatever though. I loved KOTOR 2 and South Park: TSOT ( although the groundwork/template for much of what KOTOR II was, could largely be credited to Bioware ), but as a studio, they're a blip on my radar. TBH, I wasn't happy when I heard Obsidian were making TSOT due to the fact that they had a poor reputation as it pertained to bugs/glitches/qa. So hey whatever. Let's see what happens.



Chinese food for breakfast

 

I wish the best for MS and Obsidian if this does happen. I believe MS and the Xbox division is more open than they ever have before, and they know they need more first party support and more diversity in their lineup of games. Obsidian would definitely bring more of that to the table.