Microsoft confirmed during its Xbox X018 event over the weekend that it has officially acquired Obsidian Entertainment and InXile Entertainment.
Rumours had popped up in recent weeks that Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian was next in line to snuggle under the Microsoft umbrella, so the news is perhaps not all that surprising. InXile, however, was not at all expected, as we hadn't heard anything about that until now.
As well as Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian also developed RPG juggernaut Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, plus the comical South Park: The Stick of Truth. InXile on the other hand is best known for its work on Wasteland and Torment: Tides of Numenera.
Matt Booty, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, commented: 'The 13 distinct and diverse game development teams that form Microsoft Studios are focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans. We are committed to expanding the Microsoft Studios franchises players already love, and investing in new, exclusive content for every type of gamer.'
Microsoft now has quite an impressive number of studios under its belt, having previously acquired Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Undead Labs.