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If it was all about the money then they wouldn't be in the games business, Obsidian wouldn't exist, and they certainly wouldn't have been making RPGs for the PC. Owners of companies generally care about their company and their employees. Which isn't to say they don't have a price, but that price would be pretty high, even for Microsoft, especially considering how little interest Microsoft has shown to what Obsidian can offer. Also if someone ****ed me over and made me lay off a bunch of staff, I'd hardly be inclined to hand over anything I care about to them.

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I'm guessing there were no answers relating to this on Reddit since nobody has mentioned anything here



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I'm guessing there were no answers relating to this on Reddit since nobody has mentioned anything here

 

No.  But there have been a ton of amusing and evasive answers.  It's all winding down, but here's a link to the Q&A

 

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I totally remember the Rob Roy Trailer. That was fantastic. I also remember Liam Neeson cutting a guy in half.



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Hopefully this ends up being nothing more than a rumor. If Microsoft does buy them out, I guess we can look forward to playing the dumbed-down Pillars of Eternity 3: Backfire.


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Pillars of Eternity 3: EEE :biggrin:



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Better MS than EA.


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Better MS than EA.

Everything would be better than EA, that's for sure. ;)


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Hopefully this ends up being nothing more than a rumor. If Microsoft does buy them out, I guess we can look forward to playing the dumbed-down Pillars of Eternity 3: Backfire.

if microsoft does buy obsidian

can only hope that poe are not valuable enough for them

and if obsidian survive this become independent again have another chance to make poe3


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Well, I guess this is why PoE is not running under Obsidian, but that other company which name I forgot. So even if MS will buy Obsidian, that doesn't mean they will get Pillars.



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Well, I guess this is why PoE is not running under Obsidian, but that other company which name I forgot. So even if MS will buy Obsidian, that doesn't mean they will get Pillars.


Obsidian owns Pillars of Eternity. Pillars of Eternity is running under Obsidian. If MS buys Obsidian they get Pillars of Eternity.

Edited by AwesomeOcelot, 12 October 2018 - 07:29 AM.

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Well, I guess this is why PoE is not running under Obsidian, but that other company which name I forgot. So even if MS will buy Obsidian, that doesn't mean they will get Pillars.

 

Paradox and Versus Evil are the distributing/quasi-publishing partners. With Paradox the publisher on the console port of the first game. Obsidian outright owns the IP.


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At this point, I'm pretty sure we've already discussed that Pillars is technically not owned by Obsidian, but another company run by the Obsidian founders.

 

/edit: Found it. Dark Rock Industries is the owner.

https://trademarks.j...imited-3316531/


Edited by Lexx, 12 October 2018 - 07:56 AM.

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You mean the holding shell Dark Rock Industries, LTD.? That doesn't surprise me, fairly common practice.



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It's all about money.

 
Wrong. It's all about the dun dun du du du dum.

I don't think it's funny
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You mean the holding shell Dark Rock Industries, LTD.? That doesn't surprise me, fairly common practice.

 

Dark Rock Industries Ltd. was formed well over a decade after Obsidian was incorporated and its existence coincides with the development of the first Pillars of Eternity.  It appears to be less of a shell or holding company for Obsidian, but a shelter for the Pillars IP and any other originals they may develop in-house.

 

I'm not sure how many other developers go through an extra step to essentially license IP back to itself, but for a studio that had a history of going paycheck-to-paycheck, it seems like a fairly shrewd business decision.  If Obsidian were to go under, the Pillars IP wouldn't automatically be up for auction like the office furniture.

 

It feels like a lesson learned from the original Fallout.  After Interplay went bankrupt, the rights bounced around between creditors until Bethesda ultimately secured the franchise.  This way, some of the original Pillars stakeholders could still have a say in where further development ends up.


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I feel like an alien reading the replies.


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Growing the studio to over 200 employees? Such power will be unstoppable.

 

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https://twitter.com/...655990385790976

 
I feel like an alien reading the replies.


As someone who's owned Sega, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft consoles over the years I don't understand the fanboys. Them talking about "Team Xbox" makes me sad, I hope they're wrong.
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