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What Do You Think Microsoft Will Have Obsidian Work On? New IP or Existing?


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So it seems like Microsoft bought Obsidian because they were really impressed with The Outer Worlds' development.

It might be a shame that there might not be a sequel to The Outer Worlds since Obsidian will likely be making games exclusive to Windows and Xbox after TOW1, and 2K/Private Division will retain the rights to TOW (unless Obsidian keeps it? Which I dont think so).

I wonder if Microsoft will let them continue to make a new IP like TOW, though I wonder what else Obsidian would do? TOW seems like the New Vegas that everyone mostly wanted, albeit in their own fictional sci fi western setting. Post Apocalyptic has been done, they're doing Sci-Fi and western. I can't really think of any genre they could maybe cover .

It's kinda why I feel like Obsidian might be doing an Xbox IP in the future. Maybe... Perfect dark And not just remake the FPS for modern day with better graphics free netflix tech news android 9and etc but actually make it more of an RPG? Possibly make the Alpha Protocol 2?

I mean, I don't see a Halo RPG since the base seems very faithful to the core gameplay. Gears of War RPG? Pfffff. Shadowrun? Mmm, it would make sense but I do feel like it's a bit too obvious perhaps? Alan Wake 2... the idea of Obsidian making a survival horror RPG sounds bold and all, but having played Alan Wake, it was very linear and story driven so maybe it wouldn't fit Obsidian's style.

Perfect Dark though, sure it has its hardcore fans but I think most people haven't played the game, but the brand could be recognizable to a new audience and the brand would be malleable for Obsidian to play around with.

They'd be playing around with the franchise's identity like stealth, FPS combat, the futuristic world and aesthetics. Meanwhile Obsidian could add RPG mechanics, choices, factions, characters and companions who might offer support on the mission, and of course multiple ways to accomplish a mission.

I think these factors would make for a commercial and critical success if they went with a Microsoft IP.

Any other ideas or thoughts?


Edited by sterling77, 10 March 2019 - 12:28 AM.


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Obsidian/Microsoft will retain the rights to The Outer Worlds.

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Wait didn't we already establish that they're working on a sea shanty singing Clippy addon to Microsoft Office? :biggrin:


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Fable


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Clippy's health is low. Do you have any potions or food?

Edited by ShadySands, 08 March 2019 - 10:37 PM.


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Alpha Protocol IP is owned by Sega.



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OW2 is quite likely considering a very positive reception so far. If it does well, tis would be silly not to develop it further. 

We know there are two unannouned projects being worked on right now. 

 

I would be surprised if one of them wasn't Eora related - while there is a lot of doomsaying due to Deadfire's poor sales (allegedly), I would be shocked if PoE IP was ditched all together. It might change a bit or a lot, but as one of two Obsidian's own established IPs it would seem strange to me to not continue it in some shape or form.

Third project - New IP? Game using Microsoft owned IP?


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Future titles:

 

"Chasing the tail lights"

 

"Embrace, extend, eliminate"

 

"You have urgent updates"

 

"Hey, it could be worse"


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Personally I think it is far too early for them to have launched a TOW2 project even if only in an exploratory form. So I'm convinced at least one of the two unannounced projects is a new IP game.



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Well looking at the background of Microsoft, Obsidian will be making an online looter shooter game to compete with Anthem & Destiny.



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Well looking at the background of Microsoft, Obsidian will be making an online looter shooter game to compete with Anthem & Destiny.

 

And when has Microsoft ever published a shooter looter? I love it when people accuse MS of having Sony's problem of being overbearing when their flaw (especially this generation) is that they've been too hands off and let devs ruin their own games.



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Fable

 

Fable? Only if it has steam port.



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This is bad.... I'm old enough to remember 'Clippy' and can now just imagine the sales pitch for 'Clippy 2' - with skill trees and user choices that matters!

 

Edit to add: Games I do remember with Microsoft as a publisher... Age of Empires, Jade Empire, Mass Effect... and maybe not a game, but dang, I spent a lot of time flying around the Flight Simulator



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Well, given that MS also owns inExile, and that they will soon release Wasteland 3 as a turn-based isometric RPG (like the last one), I'm feeling confident that Obsidian will be able to release a Pillars of Eternity 3 as we know and love, but better if they wish to.



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Archer Protocol please and thank you


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Well, given that MS also owns inExile, and that they will soon release Wasteland 3 as a turn-based isometric RPG (like the last one), I'm feeling confident that Obsidian will be able to release a Pillars of Eternity 3 as we know and love, but better if they wish to.

I am also sure that POE 3 will be the next big project from Obsidian, but it won't be isometric instead it will be 3rd person like Dragon Age or 1st & 3rd person like TES.



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TOW2, PO3 and Arcanum (in a long term)



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Well, given that MS also owns inExile, and that they will soon release Wasteland 3 as a turn-based isometric RPG (like the last one), I'm feeling confident that Obsidian will be able to release a Pillars of Eternity 3 as we know and love, but better if they wish to.

I am also sure that POE 3 will be the next big project from Obsidian

No it won't. Sawyer has made it very clear he wants a nice long break from PoE, and I don't blame him at all. He's also been pushing for years for Obsidian to allow him to make his historical RPG. So I am sure it will be, in order:

 

New IP RPG (possibly Sawyer's historical game)

TOW 2

PoE 3 (maybe)






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