Obsidian future includes XBLA, licensed IP

CEO Feargus Urquhart says original downloadable action RPG due Q1 2012, established property announcement due during E3; talks "Defiance" pitch.

With the release of Dungeon Siege III on May 31, Obsidian Entertainment will have successfully launched three new titles in under a year (the other two being Alpha Protocol and Fallout: New Vegas). However, as revealed by Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart in a recent interview with Game Revolution, that period of concentrated activity won't result in much downtime for the independent shop.

Obsidian wouldn't mind working on Dungeon Siege 4.

According to Urquhart, Obsidian will dive into the downloadable hemisphere during the first quarter of 2012 with an original Xbox Live Arcade title. Though he offered no word on its name, he said the title will be an action role-playing game with a "focus on fun." He also said that it will be quite different from the action RPG elements found in Dungeon Siege, saying that it will be set "set in a different genre with a different camera."

Urquhart also said that Obsidian is at work on a licensed IP. "There actually is another game that I can't talk about at all," he said. "It's a licensed product that when people hear about it, they're going to be 'well you had to do that. There's no option, if I was a developer and I was offered that, I would just do it.'"

Urquhart did not offer a time frame or any other indication as to what that licensed property may be. However, he did say that an announcement for the title may come as soon as the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

The Obsidian head also speculated on games that his studio would like to work on.

"There's nothing that's been moved forward, but we'd love to develop Dungeon Siege 4," he said. "On the flip side, I think as a studio we have some original ideas and stories to tell. We have a great idea for a new world we've just started pitching to publishers, and we have an older pitch that we really like called 'Defiance,' which is about a fantasy world where, basically, Sauron won. Everything isn't happy in The Shire, they didn't get the ring in the fire, and the hobbits are all dead. We think that's a cool pitch and we hope to have a publisher pick that up at some point."

"We also might throw our hat in the whole free-to-play thing," he continued. "In the game industry, there's a lot of different opportunities for all different kinds of products."

For more on Obsidian's latest project, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dungeon Siege 3.

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77 comments
Solamon
Solamon

@Veronity: I forgive you. I understand how frustrating it can be to spend hard earned cash on little more than a beta version of a game. I remember when I beat Fallout: New Vegas (an Obsidian game) I looked to see how many testers it had. THREE! That whole giant game had three testers. No wonder there were so many bugs. Ridiculous. I wish there is something I could actually do about it. I just don't think that boycotting games or not preordering stuff is going to make a difference. As games (and software in general) become more and more complex, bugs are becoming an inevitable reality. Granted, some products are worse than others, but I'd be willing to bet that the majority of modern games get patched at least once. And sadly, I don't see this changing anytime soon. I'm happy that at least most of the developers out their provide some form of support post-launch.

Veronity
Veronity

@Solamon I didnt call u idiot because u like their games, i did it cause u said u r obsidian fan (sorry if i got u wrong but thats what your words describes ), read my other post too and u will understand why i said that, if we keep praising/preordering their games even with their failures and wait another 6 months for patches things will get even worse, as u can notice big companies doesnt really care how buggy their game is cause patching games is like normal thing this days, just check lately released big name games and check their patch list ( i repeat again they doesnt do game tests we are doing it the gamers we who preorders their games we are their game testers, i personaly dont care which company makes the game all i want is normal good and none buggy games like in old times. Sorry again it was my stupidity calling u idiot, i was a bit lost of nerves lately...

Solamon
Solamon

@Veronity: Wow, that's kind of harsh. Calling me an idiot just because I'm a fan of Obsidian's games? Not cool dude. I've played many games from these guys and while not all of them were perfect I've enjoyed the vast majority of them. How else are you supposed to decide what games to buy if not by noting one's preferences and choosing as best as one can? If being a fan of a certain companies games makes a person an idiot, I guess every single gamer in the world is an idiot. But I suppose I shouldn't even be waisting my time on a person as negative as you since it's obvious you have an axe to grind for some reason.

ratt19
ratt19

I can't wait to play this, I'm a big fan of the series, & if they do end up making a Dungeon Siege 4, I'm getting that as well

Tanatheus
Tanatheus

Will be fun to discover all the new exciting bugs

pszone
pszone

pass wont get it pass

dbene
dbene

I wish Bioware would make an RPG game set underwater called Atlantis or one set in Mythology times including all the ancient races like Sparta, Rome, etc.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Alpha Protocol is actually a damn-decent game. I bought it for 15 quid from Tesco last week. It starts off awful - and near impossible. But after a few missions it's quite rewarding to play and the rpg aspect actually works rather well :) I look forward to any future projects from obsidian.

DarkPadwan
DarkPadwan

If they are going to do a Wheel of Time game they better do it right. Not some half-baked flop.

Veronity
Veronity

@kennythomas26 @MMaestro U both know that Alpha Protocol was released unfinished as they didnt have budget to even add Female Character into the game? As for game tests they rather spend time testing anti-piracy in which they fail ( Risen was about 4GB something in which almost 1.5GB was anti-piracy craps ( i know it doesnt have anything to do with obsidian so dont shoot me)). And for the end if we keep praising Game Companies as @bennie12 does they will never improve, preordering games is part of that too why would they pay extra man for tests when they already have tons of free fools who preordered the game "200.000 preorders woot we have lot of testers" and lately they start to lose a bit of free fools so now they offer extra DLC`s if u preorder the game which will cost nothing to them since that extra DLC was already part of the game they only changed it and make it DLC for free fools.

nathan83_xp
nathan83_xp

I really hope they make a master piece this time.. Obsidian has the potential of becoming a Bioware but is always bullied by their publishers and end up releasing their game unpolished or unfinished even. But with a hit under their belt, maybe they can finally develop a game their way and on their own pace. I bet that a Blizzard development window would do wonders to many Obsidian titles.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@bennie12 - The doctor prescribes that you need to play more games before you make any rash gaming decisions.

doomsoth
doomsoth

I hate to be mean, but smaller might be better for Obsidian as they need to really work on not having so many bugs in their games.

bennie12
bennie12

Obsidian is a fantastic company that seems to be disliked by alot of people. (Probably alot less now that New Vegas is out). They are incredibly talented and although they have made some errors, they are one of my favorite companies. KOTOR II = my favorite game of all time. Can't wait to see what the pull off.

feliscele
feliscele

Discworld CRPG on Gamebryo. You heard it here first.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

you know what this Dungeon Siege 3 does look good and it is peeking my interest for the month of May with Duke Nukem: forever, Red Faction: Armageddon, Brink, Deep Black and now this.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@MMaestro As much as I would like to see another Alpha Protocol cause that game grew on me and it was a good game, but Sega said their won't be a sequel to the game which sucks.

Asian-Hawk
Asian-Hawk

Agreed with MMaestro. Alpha protocol was a diamond in the rough. Great concept but very rough around the edges. Things that could have been sorted with a sequal but we will never know now.

MMaestro
MMaestro

I'd rather have Alpha Protocol 2. (Screw you all, Alpha Protocol was a good game and should have sold better!)

Marky360
Marky360

@Veronity dude you totally hit the nail on the head thats exactly how I feel they just make the game don't play test it to make sure it plays properly and decide to just release a patch when gamers start complaining I'd say thats really lazy of them but I'm sure money has more to do with it.

Marky360
Marky360

@Decessus I agree it's like fallout nv it wasn't a bad game just very buggy

makryu
makryu

"Defiance" would definitely make a good RPG. I just hope they take their time to finish things, or else I can see Obsidian going the Troika way. It would be a damn shame, we need more CRPG developers.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

@TheSacredRing It wont be KOTOR3 as KOTOR is being made into a MMORPG and is licensed soley by EA/Bioware now. Plus, after how buggy KOTOR2, Alpha Protocol, and now New Vegas ended up being i doubt they'd be able to touch another Star Wars IP in quite some time.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I ended up saleing New Vegas before even finishing it.. The game was alright, but i had my rose tinted specs on for far too long.. The quests got mediocre quick and the bugs started pileing up towards the end (i consider myself lucky as i went the first half of the game without any bugs.) By the time i got toward the middle of the game it just felt so unfinished and sloppy i couldn't bare it.. I ended up saleing it back to Game Spot for $20 to add to Dead Space 2.. I thought i'd get more until i saw there were about 10 other used ones on the shelf already for $30.

sagelund
sagelund

While I do agree that Obsidian has to get their act together on the bug/glitch fix part of their developing, they know how to make a good game.

sagelund
sagelund

@swb21 They were the reason New Vegas was made. If Bethesda wouldn't have enlisted their services, New Vegas wouldn't have been made, meaning much less Fallout game play. Sure it was buggy, but the story lines were amazing, and so was the setting. Why would you want a game company to fail? Shouldn't you want a game company to get better so as to produce great games? They didn't ruin anything, and I bet you haven't even played New Vegas and that you only focussed on reviews and word of mouth to get your "opinion". I like what Obsidian does, and I hope they continue going on strong, and get even stronger.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Like any other Obsidian game, I'm going to have to wait 6 months for the necessary patches to make the game work before purchasing it.

swb21
swb21

Obsidian shouldn't have a future after what they did to New Vegas

dkdk999
dkdk999

@TheSacredRing I highly doubt their going to do that sadly :( However if they do I will jump for joy around my house for atleast 20 minutes. That would be freaking amazing news.

TheSacredRing
TheSacredRing

I'm sincerely hoping it's Knights of the Old Republic III. I can't believe more people aren't mentioning that.

lordreaven
lordreaven

@digitalheadbutt I know, I have my fingers crossed for that result.

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

@lordreaven I would love to see Obsidian do a new Planescape or Icewind Dale, with an updated D&D 4th ed. stle game engine. I think the new D&D borrowed so much from concepts in electronic gaming that it could translate to really great game play, if handled correctly.

firedrakes
firedrakes

main issue with them is their rush to dev game in time and not testing it for bugs.

Nodashi
Nodashi

New Vegas was the last times I was hyped by an obsidian product. Those guys are very creative, but the technical side is terrible. They better fire their friends and hire competent people. The industry has no place for the terrible quality they offer as "finished products" nowadays.

lordreaven
lordreaven

I think the Licensed title might be Planscape 2. Or maybe Baulders Gate 3. One can hope.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

Obsidian's main problem is that they get publishers that rush them. Whether thats because Obsidian is slow at developing or the publishers just don't give them enough time I don't know.

addicted2050
addicted2050

@Veronity, very well said. I like Obsidian too, but the bugs are just too much to let me remain a big fan of theirs. I'm a fan, but without the bugs, I'd be a greater fan..

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

You can always count on Obsidian on selling good betas.

Veronity
Veronity

@Solamon Because of ppl like u (idiots) they sell games and never care if they are finished or no, cause there is always a company fan (idiot) who buys their games, this goes same for other companies too and not mentioning game fans. @Evilnator BG 3 dream will become true when actual game sells start failing BG3 is a joker and it will come pretty soon dw. @Marky360 They never do game tests, they sell it and we gamers (fools) do the tests start moaning and then patch comes out ...the bugs we notice in games lately are impossible to miss in game tests unless u do tests with blind ppl.

addicted2050
addicted2050

I heard they were helping another company make a game on the 'Wheel of Time' series. Maybe it's that IP. Let's just hope they make a bug free version of whatever they make..

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Darn, glitches in downloadable format now

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

The best game Obsidian did was KOTOR II and even that was unfinished. Alpha Protocol was bad, it had some good aspects but overall it wasn't worth even $10, New Vegas was okay but even if it had no bugs it's not as enjoyable as Fallout 3. Hey Bethesda, when it's time for the next Fallout, make the game yourselves please.

Decessus
Decessus

@Marky360 That's basically my assessment of Obsidian as well. They make games that could easily be scored 8 to 9 or even higher ( in my own opinion, not necessarily what Gamespot or another website scored them ) if they were a little bit better about play testing and fixing bugs.

blueboykc
blueboykc

you ppl sure love you some glitchy bug filled freezing games dont ya?

mwmars
mwmars

Obsidian future includes XBLA, licensed IP, and horribley frustrating gameplay glitches and PS3-freezing bugs.

Solamon
Solamon

I'm a fan of Obsidian and will check out anything that they do. I've been following these guys since their time at the ill-fated Black Isle Studios.

73X
73X

They'd be awesome if their QA department did their jobs.