Following the buzz about the Obsidian Microsoft deal that we've been hearing about over the past few weeks, many of us have been wondering what the truth behind the Microsoft Obsidian buyout is, and how the devs themselves are looking at it.
Well, in a recent video, Obsidian staff have come out to officially confirm that it did, indeed, happen, and to try and answer why did Obsidian join Microsoft. We've got some of the details down below.
In the video, which you can reference at the bottom of the article, COO of Obsidian, Chris Parker, mentioned that it's been getting increasingly harder for them to keep making games: "Finding a partner like Microsoft - who can give us financial backing, and can have the confidence in us to make the experiences that we want to make (...) is absolutely critical for us right now if we want to keep doing what we want to do."
It's definitely no secret that Obsidian have been down on their luck, even with Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, and it seems that they had no choice but to accept Microsoft's terms, if they wanted to keep making RPGs. According to sources, Obsidian is set to continue operating relatively autonomously, with Microsoft simply giving them a helping hand when needed.
The question that requires asking, however, is the following: if the rather phenomenal Deadfire wasn't enough to earn Obsidian money, will this buyout be enough to stoke interest for their admittedly niche titles? Let us hope everything turns out well for this veteran game studio.