Microsoft sees unique franchise potential in The Outer Worlds

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You’ll most likely want an Xbox-branded ship to journey additional into The Outer Worlds.

Obsidian’s interstellar RPG is shaping up properly. But for those who had been planning on seeing the complete story via with out selecting up an Xbox, you may wish to sit down.

Xbox has been snapping up studios by the shipload lately. The Outer Worlds’ debut is at the moment being printed by Private Division, Take-Two’s indie-ish publishing arm. But Microsoft snapped up Obsidian later final 12 months, including the RPG veteran to its ballooning first-party lineup.

Not all first-party tasks are stored unique. Head of Xbox Studios Mike Booty instructed Game Informer that in some circumstances, like Minecraft again in 2014, it is smart to maintain the franchise as open and multi-platform as potential.

Not so with Obsidian. With a recent new universe to discover and exploit, Booty instructed the outlet that The Outer Worlds is an ideal candidate for exclusivity.

“From what we’ve seen of 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,” Booty defined.

“I think that it’s a great universe they’ve created and I think about what are the things that you need for a franchise to kind of bear weight? Like what can it withstand? Is it a narrative, is it a set of characters, is it a universe that’s big enough that you could start to add onto it?”

Booty later confirmed that the RPG agency can also be engaged on a number of unannounced Xbox titles.

Like stablemate Psychonauts 2, The Outer Worlds ought to nonetheless contact down on different platforms when it lands this October. But Switch and PS4 gamers may need to choose up an Xbox in the event that they wish to see the remainder of the franchise via.

PC gamers, in the meantime, are most likely secure. Microsoft exclusives have a behavior of ending up on the Windows Store.