Here at Push Square, we're eagerly awaiting the release of The Outer Worlds -- the upcoming in-depth first-person role-playing game from Obsidian Entertainment. Given the developer's experience with the genre, we've had our eyes on this project since the day that it was announced, and recent gameplay previews say that it's looking really promising.
However, it's entirely possible that The Outer Worlds could be the last PlayStation-bound title that Obsidian makes. The studio was snapped up by Microsoft in 2018, joining the Xbox-maker's expanding roster of first party development teams. And as it happens, Microsoft may see The Outer Worlds as the potential starting point of an Xbox exclusive franchise.
Speaking to Game Informer, Xbox Game Studios boss Mike Booty said: "From what we’ve seen of The Outer Worlds, my hope is that that’s something we can build and that it really becomes an enduring franchise and it really starts to grow and we can help expand that."
If The Outer Worlds ends up being a great game, it's admittedly going to sting a little when we see its sequel announced as an Xbox exclusive.
[source youtube.com, via vg247.com]
Well as long as it's on PC as well, it's not too bad. I mean, to be honest, as an Obsidian game, you'll want your fan patches and mods anyway.
another headline that makes me scratch my head, like....no s***? Altho i dont understand why people keep saying xbox exclusive, there is no such thing anymore.
Language please - Quintumply
@Matroska If it does go exclusive it will probably be a play anywhere title so no doubt PC will be a given.
@SuperJoon its not an IF, every MS first party game will launch on steam day 1, there is no xbox exclusive games.
Well with how pally they are with Nintendo could see the sequel on the switch and they will definitely be on PC. As other post said it's a bit of a pointless post and if it had been the other way round the article but would of been a lot more positive.
It's inevitable. It'll be big budget, face meltingly good looking when it's demoed at E3 in 2 or 3 years, too. MS didn't buy them to put out games like Pillars, at least not off the bat.
@Amppari Not necessarily. When Xbox bought Obsidian we didn't know whether it wanted the developer to make something new. By the looks of this, Microsoft is gonna see how The Outer Worlds turns out and then maybe commit to it as an Xbox franchise.
I thought this was the obvious conclusion?
@ShogunRok That doesnt make any sense, MS owns the IP now so if theres is a sequel, then it obv wont be on PS. Not sure why anyone would think otherwise.
@SaikoWaifu2003 MS owns the studio and the IP now, this is nothing like the Epic situation.
Use your brain.
@Amppari Yeah, key word being "if". Again, when Xbox bought Obsidian, we didn't know what Obsidian would be working on for Xbox. The Outer Worlds was obviously already announced, we didn't know whether Xbox would have the developer do something completely different. That's why the headline isn't necessarily an obvious conclusion.
@ShogunRok it is obvious tho, the headline is dumb.
i suspect a lot of the vagueness is due to the fact that if they outright say it now, it sounds 1) a little presumptious that it's going to be a roaring success, and 2) you might cheese off a section of its largest potential playerbase and then they won't buy it in the first place. personally, i wouldn't bother with a game if i knew for a fact that its sequels would only appear on a different platform.
I would have thought the publishers of The Outer World's would be the ones to own the IP.
If it does end up been an Xbox exclusive franchise then what was all that talk from Phil Spencer that he "doesn't want to take anything away from PlayStation"?
So double fine games can be multi-platform but obsidian games is exclusive to xbox? I don’t understand the strategy here..
@wiiware The point is that it will very much depend on the game. It's worth watching the video interview to get the full picture.
Exclusive, exclusive...maybe with the power of the could...
Only GI said the word exclusive in the question.
If its exclusive I will buy it on xbox. No issues here. The way Microsoft have been purchasing studios I'm getting the xbox 4 and PS5 next gen anyway.
@SaikoWaifu2003 aka “business”
@themcnoisy pretty much right? I don’t have an Xbox because I’m not interested in the majority of the games. If they can change that, i’ll pay the price of entry, which in the real world isn’t a lot at all.
honestly while from a gamer perspective it would suck from XBOX's perspective it's a good idea, see what the game performs like and if it's a success then expand upon it
not only does it mean you have a good series under your belt BUT you also have a game that could possibly help sell systems
Let's be real, Xbox really needs more exclusives. I'm never really a fan of a series going exclusive when it was previously multiplatform, especially if it's a platform I don't own, but a good system needs the right balance of exclusives and multiplatforms, which Xbox doesn't really have right now.
All the Xbox exclusives I've been interested in came out prior to 2016, since then, the well just ran dry from my observation.
we all know that Mr booty 😊.word up son
this only matters if the next fallout is garbage
if they signed with MS that is obvious, not sure how it could be any other way but all their games are on PC as well! so they don't make exclusive games anymore. which is the biggest mistake for the Xbox brand imo.
so the company that is publishing this game do not own the rights then?
God I hope not!
I don't know... One thing is having a lot of exclusives, which they will probably have, seeing how many studios they are buying, but another thing is having GOOD exclusives... I've read a lot of interviews with developers who already work with Microsoft and most of them seem to agree that Microsoft always mucks it up.
The common theme seems to be that developers have no say at all, it's marketing that has the last word on anything. An example that often came up was the launch of the Xbox One... I remember this programmer telling how the final product had nothing to do with what he and his coworkers wanted to do and they were even more disappointed than any gamer out there.
The Outer Worlds will probably be a good game, but its sequels may not, unless Microsoft has learned their lesson... after Windows 8 and the train wreck that was the Xbox One launch, I hope so, for everyone that owns an Xbox or plans to buy one
Become an Xbox owner or miss out on a potentially great sequel?
Obsidian are known for giving us difficult choices but that's the trickiest one yet
@JJ2 @Quintumply I'll watch the interview tomorrow, it seems interesting.
I figured as much when they announced that MS bought them out.
Well is it really a surprise that a studio Microsoft purchased will most likely make games exclusively for Microsoft? The number one complaint that people say about Xbox is lack of quality exclusives, so logically they will bolster that area, and that is where these studio acquisitions come in.
However, as long as they continue to release games same day on PC, their games will still be very accessible. I would much rather pay for a Gamepass subscription than buy a whole console.
I’m currently putting a budget PC together for only $300 or about the cost of a PS4. It’s going to have enough power to play the majority of current titles at around 40-50 FPS on medium settings. That is more than enough for me to ensure I don’t miss out on any exclusives that are worth playing on Xbox or PC.
@leucocyte kinda what I’m thinking. Get everyone “hooked” this gen and then announce the sequel only on XBox
Much too vague. For a guy supposedly running the show in terms of games, he should already know what they're going to do. For starters, MS doesn't do exclusives and hasn't since 2015. They have become the biggest 3rd party publisher since then and even Phil Spencer has made it very clear that "he doesn't care how many consoles he sells". They make too much money as a 3rd party. Secondly, if the game does poorly as a multiplatform title, they aren't going to foot the bill for an exclusive sequel... That's absurd to suggest. Therefore the only logical reasoning here is if the game does well, they will green light a sequel for another multiplatform release. Anyone with any intelligence knows it's going to sell 3:1 with PS4 taking the victory. Hell I imagine even the Switch will sell more copies than the XBO version will.
Finally, for anyone having trouble with this discussion, the parameters don't matter. If 1 game releases on more than 1 platform (meaning a different SKU had to be assigned for distribution, not a streaming app), then it is multiplatform regardless of who owns it.
@DerMeister No, Xbox needs to get out of the gaming business. They bring nothing to the table, except buying up companies, corrupting & wasting their talents, and turning them to poo. If you have a PC, Nintendo, and PlayStation, you've got everything you need.
@Mr_Schultz Let's watch the language please.
@Amppari Right lol.
@Amppari Minecraft "cough".
@kyleforrester87 None of the devs they bought are big budget and never will be. Can't make money when games are on gamepass day one. M$ will not be putting money into these studios. They are gamepass fodder.
@kyleforrester87 M$ does not care about Xbox anymore. Gamepass and Xcloud is what they are focused on. Games like Outer worlds are indie anyway. They would have to do much better than that but we know how devs get ran into the ground by M$. Rare is proof of that and now they are mediocre. People keep fooling themselves though lol. I tried gamepass on PC man their games suck.
@DanM Lionhead exposed a lot of crap that M$ did as well as forcing them to make Fable Legends. They talked about how they had no freedom and then just suddenly were closed. Yet for some odd reason people don't understand that these facts. Look at the game Ninja Theory is making. They bought a bunch of mediocre indie devs.
@Gremio108 Not at all. Their games have been passable since FONV and I thought NV was not at all a great game. It got boring and had a very rough design. Tried Alpha Protocol on PSNow and it sucked. Don't get the hype for them.
heres a good financial idea...lets not release a game on that platform that has nearly 100 million users ....phew that was close ...nearly made lots of money...
What does Xbox exclusivity even mean now though? What I think it means is that Xbox wants to be able to add it to gamepass day 1. That is what they care about utlimately, selling software as a service, not selling first party exclusive games per se. Any company wants a monthly sub more than a $60 one off.
Probably a timed exclusive if nothing else. Ignoring a 100m unit user base vs a what, ~35m one (M$ don't tell us) is financially stupid. However, don't forget that M$ owns Minecraft and the PS still gets updates, extra features, etc.
@SaikoWaifu2003 You can't fight progress
Which is probably why I won't be getting it. I really wanted to, but I figure if it ends up as a Microsoft or XBOX exclusive then what's the point of getting invested? Besides, there's a lot of other roleplaying games coming out in the near future (Greedfall, Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, Cyberpunk 2077) to slake my appetite, so I don't think I'll truly be missing out here. But good luck to them regardless.
@AdamNovice Sorry you believe anything he says. 😆
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