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Obsidian New RPG Will Feature No Microtransactions “Of Any Kind”

by William Schwartz

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Obsidian Entertainment is teaming up with Take Two Interactive to release a new RPG, from the publisher’s newly formed “Private Division” label.  With the back-end of 2017 being one filled with games released with loot boxes, microtransactions, and other divisive business decisions, Obsidian has taken the time to address their fans about the current state of their upcoming game.

“We’re extremely excited about our upcoming RPG, and we know you are too.  We wish we could tell you all about it right now… but we’re going to hold off until the time is right.   What we didn want to talk about was a questions a lot of you have been raising: “Will this upcoming game feature any lootboxes or other microtransactions?  The answer is simply: “No.” No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game,” reads a post on the Obsidian forum.

Over the last decade or so, Obsidian has made some beloved role playing titles.  Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity are just a few.  This unnamed RPG from Obsidian is being led by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.  The pair have worked on some of the biggest games ever released, with their combined experienced touching titles like Fallout, Diablo III, Pillars of Eternity and many other games in their careers.

The reassurance from the developers about this title also include a bit about their experience in working with Take Two.   They say that the company has not pushed them to put anything “microtransactions or otherwise” into their game and have been incredibly supportive of their vision.

Hopefully, this holds true for all of the games coming out of Take Two’s Private Division.   Under the label they will publish numerous games, including Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from Patrice Desilets’ studio, an unannounced RPG from The Outsiders that’s comprised of former DICE developers, an unannounced sci-fi first person shooter from V1 Interactive that was founded by one of the creators of Halo.  There’s certainly big things heading this way from Private Division and Obsidian’s recent comments give us something to look forward to on the future of egregious microtransactions in their titles.

It’s still unclear what the release date for Obsidian’s new RPG is, it doesn’t even have a name yet.

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