Outer Worlds and Grounded’s Obsidian Entertainment has revealed what prompted the company to join the 2018 Xbox developer roster.
Over the past few years, Xbox has built up an inexhaustible roster of developers to create fun and engaging Xbox and PC exclusives. Gamers just need to take a look at the recent Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 event to see that there will be countless big upcoming titles like Starfield and Avowed that will only be released on Microsoft platforms. With the deal with Activision Blizzard nearing completion, it looks like Xbox will only continue to build its developer list larger as time goes on. Recently, a representative from Obsidian Entertainment spoke out about what made the company decide to join Xbox.
Obsidian Entertainment is best known for developing classic RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas and looks set to gain even more recognition with works like the co-op survival game Grounded and sci-fi RPG title The Outer Worlds. The developer signed up with other companies like Ninja Theory and Playground Games to be part of the “new Microsoft” in 2018, but it didn’t seem at first that the Obsidian Entertainment team was too pleased with the decision. .
Speaking in a recent interview, Obsidian Studio director Feargus Urquhart said that the company wants to prioritize maintaining creative freedom in game making. At first, Urquhart wasn’t sure if Microsoft would allow this, but Xbox president Phil Spencer allayed those fears. While Microsoft and Xbox executives heavily persuaded Urquhart to let his studio join the gaming giant’s team, it was Phil Spencer’s attitude that made him decide to sign the deal.
According to Urquhart, Spencer is considered a “real product” and a real “game lover”. This attitude of the Xbox president has also been recognized by others in the gaming community. Back in February, the DICE Awards presented Spencer with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication. While some still criticize Microsoft’s continued purchase of developers as a form of monopoly in the gaming industry, it seems that Phil Spencer and his ideas about video games are enough to make developers The developer believes that joining the company is the right choice.
Obsidian Entertainment will continue to make games for Xbox and PC in the coming years. Then in 2022, the company will launch Grounded with the launch of an interesting mystery game called Pentiment. There’s also Avowed on the way, but fans aren’t likely to see the game anytime soon as it didn’t show up at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022. After Obsidian Entertainment joins Xbox, they’ll still have plenty to offer. their exciting innovative game for the gaming community.
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