Obsidian Entertainment has plans to announce a new title at The Game Awards 2018. The company has put up some teaser graphics on its website with a countdown that's counting down the days until Dec. 6, the day of the awards show.
Obsidian Entertainment has an interesting background as a game developer. Although Obsidian has created a few intellectual properties of its own, most of the titles it is known for are sequels for other developers. It is the studio behind Neverwinter Nights 2, as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, both sequels to BioWare games. However, many players also know Obsidian as the developer behind Fallout: New Vegas, its entry into Bethesda's Fallout franchise. The developer also has a history of canceled projects, which led them to have financial difficulties in 2012. Fortunately, a crowdfunded game in 2015, Pillars of Eternity, served to pull the company out of dire straits. In November 2018, Microsoft acquired the studio.
Before getting acquired by Microsoft, though, Obsidian had an RPG in the works with Take-Two Interactive. The official Obsidian website now has two teaser images of that game, along with a countdown to Dec. 6, which just so happens to coincide with The Game Awards 2018. The title of the game is currently unknown, although there is some speculation that it's called "The Outer Worlds." The premise of the game is also unknown, but the steampunk-like graphics on the Obsidian website hint at a space theme.
Although Obsidian mostly made a name for itself early on with its sequels for other studios, its new focus seems to rely on creating its own IPs. The company released Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire in May after a successful crowdfunding campaign, so it makes sense that it is ready to announce its next project. It is likely the new RPG will have nothing to do with Microsoft because Obsidian partnered with Take-Two on the game before the acquisition, meaning it will probably not be an Xbox One exclusive.
However, a Microsoft-owned Obsidian will have a different concept and culture, meaning the developer's days of crowdfunding titles is probably over. Obsidian will also lose some of the creative freedom their current business model allowed. What's even more disturbing, though, is Microsoft's history of acquiring companies only to shutter them later, something it did with Lionhead Studios, Ensemble and Press Play. Here's hoping the company doesn't add Obsidian to that list.