Was there a stated reason why Pillars directors didn't want to work on Avowed? in Avowed Speculation Posted January 10 On 1/4/2021 at 3:00 PM, Boeroer said: If they didn't successfully pitch Avowed to Microsoft how could they develop it now? They are owned by Microsoft. Obsidian pitched a FPS open world game to Microsoft many years ago and its cancelation was the reason many in the studio had to be let go when the game prototype failed. Things are obviously different with the aquistion, though.