One month ago, we reported via Kotaku’s Jason Schreier that Microsoft was planning to add to their ever-expanding list of acquired publishers by spending big on Obsidian Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be true, and Microsoft made the acquisition official during X018. This turned out to be only half of the story, however, as Microsoft announced another acquisition during the show.

Alongside Obsidian, Microsoft has also acquired InXile. Obsidian is famous for games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas, Pathfinder, and Pillars of Eternity, while InXile is known for the Wasteland and Bard’s Tale franchises. Between the two of them, Microsoft has just armed themselves with an arsenal of RPGs. That’s the stabby kind, not the exploding kind.

This all comes after Microsoft’s E3 presentation during which they announced the acquisition of five studios: The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. Xbox may be lagging behind PlayStation in popularity this generation, but it looks like Microsoft is heavily investing in the future to make sure they’ve got a fighting chance next generation.

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