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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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mortigar 11 November 2018 at 5:50 am UTC
Honestly don't think the hand full of companies they picked up will destroy Linux gaming.
Or not make Linux a viable platform, they all made average games at best.
Would say at a guess they were the only ones willing to pidgin hole them selves too one platform in the future.
Salvatos 11 November 2018 at 5:58 am UTC
Shit.

14I feel like I need to crack out the wallet and buy all of those on GOG now.
I'll have to decide between that and just not playing them, I guess. Tyranny is 50% off at the moment...


Last edited by Salvatos at 11 November 2018 at 6:06 am UTC
slaapliedje 11 November 2018 at 6:09 am UTC
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This definitely means no more PS4 ports, whixh is also a shame.

I do not see anything good coming out of this. Seems a large check was passed to these two and the thought of not needing to crowdfund everything was too much of a draw than being able to do what they want to do for the fans.

As far as the delay for BT4, I just tried it on Windows for a tiny bit to show a friend of mine who is a long time fan of the series, and it crashed almost right away. Seems rather unstable even on Windows, hopefully the Linux version is less crash happy.
rustybroomhandle 11 November 2018 at 6:34 am UTC
Windows store releases only from now on probably. So no gog, steam, probably no proton either.
Imnotarobot 11 November 2018 at 7:40 am UTC
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! There goes Wasteland 3.
TheSHEEEP 11 November 2018 at 7:59 am UTC
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Well, considering their recent releases were more "meh" than "yay!", not too much of value would be lost, but still, this is worrisome.

I do not fully expect them to cancel the linux versions of games they already announced with linux support, though it wouldn't surprise me, either.
DrMcCoy 11 November 2018 at 8:02 am UTC
...Could people please stop with that "have joined" euphemism? It's bullcrap. They've been bought. It's bad enough that the company that's been bought has to write that in their press release, to make the buyer not look like a monster. But that everyone then copies that shit, that's just infuriating.

On-topic, I'm just disappointed. I guess that's the punishment for me saying that I'm ready for thousands more games like Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera. Now they'll exist, but won't run on Linux. Haha, how ironic.
logge 11 November 2018 at 8:16 am UTC
"Games for Widows(TM)" on Linux? No thanks. In Microsofts current work getting rid of sideloading-possibilities for Windows, why shouldnt this happen to Linux, too?

--edited to make my statement more clear--


Last edited by logge at 11 November 2018 at 8:19 am UTC
soulsource 11 November 2018 at 8:19 am UTC
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/10/obsidian-inxile-join-microsoft-studios/As part of our commitment to bringing a steady stream of new, exclusive games to our fans, I’m excited to announce Microsoft’s intent to acquire two new game development studios – Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

The keyword here is "exclusive".
Shmerl 11 November 2018 at 8:24 am UTC
soulsource
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/10/obsidian-inxile-join-microsoft-studios/As part of our commitment to bringing a steady stream of new, exclusive games to our fans, I’m excited to announce Microsoft’s intent to acquire two new game development studios – Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

The keyword here is "exclusive".

Very to the point. MS aren't even trying to hide their trash approach.
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