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Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment have officially joined Microsoft

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Some rather interesting news here, both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment (source) have now officially joined Microsoft.

Together, they've made some pretty interesting Linux games such as Pillars of Eternity, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Tyranny, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep and more to come.

Microsoft have been picking up quite a number of studios lately including Ninja theory, Compulsion Games, Undead Labs and also Playground Games so they're continuing to bolster their forces. They're facing huge competition in the console market, so it's likely to help with that more than anything.

News that I am sure will shock some Linux gamers, that's two pretty big studios that have been putting out games for Linux now under the roof of Microsoft. That's a little worrying, but it doesn't mean they will suddenly stop having Linux ports of their games. However, it does make Linux ports of their games slightly less likely I would think. As long as both studios retain a certain amount of freedom, I think we should be okay for future titles. Microsoft loves Linux after all…right?

I have to be honest, I'm a little in shock myself at this news.

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KuJo 11 November 2018 at 12:18 am UTC
The love ends where the wallet opens ...
Nevertheless 11 November 2018 at 12:24 am UTC
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Wow, Obsidian was expected, but InXile too.. I wonder if Brian Fargo remains at inXile.

Edit: He stays, and he won't retire.

https://twitter.com/BrianFargo/status/1061401315606093825


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pb 11 November 2018 at 12:24 am UTC
Well, Bard's Tale IV has a Linux version just round the corner, so I wouldn't worry about that, but Wasteland 3? Not so sure. At least I haven't backed that one, because FIG didn't like my country, heh.
KuJo 11 November 2018 at 12:34 am UTC
And on the bridge you can hear the captain shouting: "Proton, please take over!"
Shmerl 11 November 2018 at 12:57 am UTC
Really disgusting news. I have zero expectation of MS continuing DRM-free Linux releases.
TheBard 11 November 2018 at 1:02 am UTC
Microsoft is not as much anti Linux as they used to be. So this is unlikely MS forbit Obsidian and inXile to do Linux versions. But often when a comapny is bought by a big one, business decisions are slowly made more and more by the buying one until the two are completely fused. Unfortunalety it is unprovable that MS will consider Linux a big enough market worth investing in. I'm actually quite worried about that.
Shmerl 11 November 2018 at 1:07 am UTC
TheBardMicrosoft is not as much anti Linux as they used to be.

Not releasing for Linux by MS is being anti-Linux. MS have all the money to do it. Same goes for DRM-free. Don't forget who we are dealing with here. MS gaming division is the same one which is pushing for sick DX12 lock-in instead of joining Vulkan working group.

While in some aspects MS is indeed better these days (like joining Alliance for Open Media and Open Invention Network), their gaming division is as lock-in sickening as it was years ago.


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Cestarian 11 November 2018 at 1:09 am UTC
This is a strange move, these companies predominantly make PC games that simply wouldn't work as well on console, they can't be buying them to make xbox exclusives, asking them to make xbox exclusives would be like asking a man to dance on one leg. These companies also only make games that wouldn't benefit at all from using apis like dx12 or vulkan, they're just not that graphically intense.

I'm not seeing their plan here, I'm not seeing a lot of their plans these days and it makes me a little nervous.


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Nevertheless 11 November 2018 at 1:15 am UTC
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Shmerl
TheBardMicrosoft is not as much anti Linux as they used to be.

Not releasing for Linux by MS is being anti-Linux. MS have all the money to do it. Same goes for DRM-free. Don't forget who we are dealing with here. MS gaming division is the same one which is pushing for sick DX12 lock-in instead of joining Vulkan working group.

While in some aspects MS is indeed better these days (like joining Alliance for Open Media and Open Invention Network), their gaming division is as lock-in sickening as it was years ago.

When MS stated they'd love Linux the last time, I said let's see what happens when they aquire Obsidian. Now let's see what happens with Obsidian and inXile! Big chance to prove their heartfelt love!
TheRiddick 11 November 2018 at 1:44 am UTC
Rip Linux Gaming.

MS might love linux but they want %100 of gamers on MS Platform... two very different things. Watch as Linux ports get pulled and a LAME excuse used.


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