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Welcome to Obsidian Entertainment's new Forum Community!


We're anxious to talk with all of you, but we ask that certain rules be followed to keep this a great place. Listed below are the holy commandments of these forums:

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Q: Stop it already! Why can't you just announce your project(s) already? Sheesh!

A: As much as we would like to confirm or deny any projects we are currently working on, we simply cannot do so until our publishers give us the green light.


For those interested in a brief synopsis of how a game comes to market: In the game industry, much like the book industry, there are typically two entities that come together to create a piece of work: an author and a publisher. The author (or in the case of our industry, the developer) usually creates the work, and the publisher markets, prints, and distributes the end result to retail stores.


The publisher usually fronts the money to the developer in the way of pre-determined milestone payments. Since they have to pay for this long before the game ever comes out, they naturally assume the burden of risk, but at the possible reward of the lion's share of the game's profits.


Since publishers are generally in charge of marketing and handling public relations, they control the announcement schedule. As much as we want to show some of our never-before-seen work, unfortunately we cannot do so without the blessings of our publishers.


...which leads to the next question:


Q: Who are your publisher(s) then? How can I bug them to announce sooner?

A: Well, you see, in the same vein, we also can't reveal who are publishers are. Sorry :) We can promise you this, you'll find out when the game is announced!

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Q: I have a question about a Black Isle Studios game (Fallout, Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate, et al.) Will you answer it?

A: Even though many of our employees once worked for Black Isle Studios, sadly we will not be able to comment about or provide any support on Black Isle or Interplay products on these forums. You may discuss them in our off-topic forums, but we do not officially support those titles.

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