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Kotaku: Microsoft finalizing deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment

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Oct 26, 2017
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I don't think the internet prepared for Microsoft next gen
I think ERA has gotten used to writing off Xbox and MS thinking they'll just be a Halo / Gears / Forza factory and not much else. It's going to be painful when MS starts announcing epic single player games that they want.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Why would CDPR want to be bought? They got their own store (GOG) which also recently had the "fuck drm" campaign, the exact opposite of Microsoft. They are doing fantastic.
Okay guys, it's actually Quantic Dream. That 3 game Sony deal is over and its time for MS to shine getting David Cage to replace Peter Molyneux.

Emotions in true 4K. No upscaling shite.
 
Dec 28, 2017
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I think Mistwalker will be among the next of Microsoft's acquisitions. AAA Project led by Sakaguchi would be the fucking tits especially with the creative freedom MS seem to be giving their studios.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If Microsoft wants to make an easy japanese studio purchase, Mistwalker is in big financial troubles right now with the failure of Terra Battle 2.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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We're talking at least 5 billion dollars for a single company that makes the biggest AAA games in the world. I'm not sure it's worth it for the staggering cost.
Isn’t GTA V nearing 100 million copies sold?

Not saying it’s a likely scenario, but it would certainly be worth the investment.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Well shit, if they're able to put out Pillars I and II with no talent, that's a helluva achievement.
I’m also 100% sure Obsidian will be expanding a lot with this acquisition. I expect Sawyer to stay now and Microsoft may try to get talent from comparable devs - like BioWare.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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Microsoft will never be my first choice. I don’t like the games they make enough to be completely sealed off from getting a new Uncharted, Spider-Man 2 or niche Japanese games.

If I somehow make enough money to afford both, I could get a new XBOX, but they will always be third priority for me.
thats why you get a pc and you can play almost all japanese games
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Are you going to continue to be cryptic or are you going to show me these sales numbers you've been talking about?
With Deadfire, the absolute silence of Obsidian on the matter should be proof enough. They haven't talked about sales, the best you can do is rely on SteamSpy numbers which places it around 100-200k units sold.
https://steamspy.com/app/560130

This coming off of the lackluster sales of another critically-acclaimed CPRG Tyranny, a game they at least admitted did not sell as they had hoped.
https://www.usgamer.net/articles/ob...ty-2-still-forthcoming-in-light-of-new-report

On the other hand, Divinity 2 did well for Larian. But, not exaclty major numbers. They announced they had sold one million units world-wide in late November (two-months after release). And, followed that up with an announcement later that Divinity had generated a total of $85M "in revenue" last year.
https://wccftech.com/divinity-original-sin-2-one-million-copies/
https://wccftech.com/divinity-original-sin-2-85m-revenue-2017/

So yes, not exactly a major selling genre.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If Microsoft wants to make an easy japanese studio purchase, Mistwalker is in big financial troubles right now with the failure of Terra Battle 2.
What would actually be the value in buying Mistwalker? The only IP they own is Terra Battle as far as I'm aware, and they're not actually a development studio. They only have 15 employees, and I doubt Sakaguchi would stick around long after selling.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I think one of my favorite things about industry developments like this (more generally) is how it forces people to rewrite their headcanon about how companies operate, or who supposedly hates who. Because news like this is almost universally good for independent studios, but you see the real struggle to accept it as that. At the very least, you see a spirited attempt to rationalize how the grapes are actually very sour.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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thats why you get a pc and you can play almost all japanese games
You want to shell out $700 or $800 to build me a new PC? I don’t have money for consoles, I definitely don’t have enough money to build a good PC.

I do all my computing on a MacBook now because Dead Rising 3 killed my PC.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Well, at least we got three RTWP games from them. It was nice while it lasted, but sadly these kind of games just aren't very profitable anymore. I'm expecting inXile to be the next to have problems after Wasteland 3 is released and Brian Fargo leaves the industry. At least we still have Larian Studios (I hope).
 
Oct 25, 2017
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What would actually be the value in buying Mistwalker? The only IP they own is Terra Battle as far as I'm aware, and they're not actually a development studio. They only have 15 employees, and I doubt Sakaguchi would stick around long after selling.
It's Sakaguchi's studio, if Microsoft was to buy it they'd make sure he would actually stay in.
I'd imagine they would beef up the studios with hirings before tackling a mid-size JRPG project.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I think Mistwalker will be among the next of Microsoft's acquisitions. AAA Project led by Sakaguchi would be the fucking tits especially with the creative freedom MS seem to be giving their studios.
It would make sense. It fits the “build studios around industry veterans” that was one of Microsoft’s goals for expanding first party studios. Sakaguchi and Itagaki would be two veterans that Microsoft should look into.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Fuck. That’s so depressing.
Fucking christ. This really makes me sad.
Not really happy about less independent studio's around. I wish Microsoft would develop the talent internally instead of buying it.

Sony did it with Naughty Dog and Guerrilla games.
Sad news for Obsidian.

Hopefully most of the talent left can find a new place to move onto before too long.
Just some highlights from the wall of shame.
 
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