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Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire – Obsidians last game as an independent developer?

The makers of Knights Of The Old Republic II and Pillars Of Eternity could soon belong to Microsoft, if the latest rumours are true.

Rumours that Obsidian could become part of the Xbox family have been doing the rounds ever since Microsoft announced the acquisition of five new studios at E3, and hinted they were after more.

According to website Kotaku a deal is 90% done and its now a matter of, when, not if. If thats true Microsoft already has a media event planned for November, which seems a likely time to announce the team-up.

Obsidian have been around since 2003 and were founded by veterans of Black Isle Studios, who worked on classic computer role-players such as Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale.

Theyve always specialised in role-players so its hard to imagine Microsoft is going to have them working on anything else. Their experience with consoles is relatively limited, although they did make the successful South Park: The Stick Of Truth.

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Obsidians most recent games though have all been PC titles and according to Kotakus sources that will remain their focus even after the acquisition.

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Despite the apparent inevitability of the deal the two companies have a storied history and when Microsoft cancelled Xbox exclusive role-playing game Stormlands in 2012 Obsidian almost went bust.

Apparently they two firms kept in contact though and the fact that, with Phil Spencer, Xbox is now under new management should ensure theres no bad blood.

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