Obsidian working on 'leading animation franchise' adaptation

Gaming talent agency portfolio reveals Fallout: New Vegas developer in production on new project based on popular animated property.

Obsidian Entertainment has a history of developing games based on previously established worlds. The studio has delivered sequels to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, and Fallout, and a recently discovered document reveals that the company may be handling a new non-game-related property.

Following the finale of Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian is looking to bring the hammer down on a new licensed project.

A corporate profile of game-centric talent agency Digital Development Management reveals that Obsidian is developing a game based on a "leading animation franchise." As spotted by Joystiq, the document in question doesn't provide any further details regarding the in-development title.

This is the first reveal that Obsidian is working on an animated property, but it's not the first time work on a big franchise has been mentioned. In an interview earlier this year, studio cofounder Feargus Urquhart referenced a mysterious licensed project, saying, "There actually is another game that I can't talk about at all. 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.'"

Regarding Obsidian's stance on working with established properties, Urquhart recently said, "I really like making licensed products. I really enjoy playing in other people's worlds." The studio released Dungeon Siege III earlier this year and is currently working on a Wheel of Time adaptation in collaboration with Red Eagle Games.

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ise1880
ise1880

@kazumashadow i hoped for adventure time, but im glad to hear it was Southpark another great choice.

naomha1
naomha1

Any money on The Clone Wars? Betcha.

GarGx1
GarGx1

It's about time someone other than Cartoon Network done justice to Ben 10 ;)

BagofLimbs
BagofLimbs

I hope it's an Avatar The Last airbender game!

stabby_mcgee
stabby_mcgee

Obsidian would probably be the best developer for a Gargoyles game. As for Obsidian the company, I think their biggest problem is with whoever the hell is responsible for negotiating/communicating with their publisher. Obsidian clearly has some very talented developers but it seems like either they suck at negotiating with their publishers or they're not communicating very well with their publishers.

pakhair
pakhair

I didn't liked what they did with Dungeon Seige but I appreciate Fallout New Vegas, So I will have high hopes

Redflametrow
Redflametrow

Best choice would be Pokemon. I mean it needs a big console RPG release. Naruto and One Piece have some potential. Hunter X Hunter could be good if they took lots of creative liberties. Japanese ones are what come to mind when I think of possible open-world rpg like games. Being that it'd be more of a Western rpg with an Eastern established ip, it'd be a good combo. Would take a while to search through animated shows I've seen that might be suitable.

Poo-Doo
Poo-Doo

This is cool, But I feel like they've been lacking lately. .. .

bobbyreed
bobbyreed

Would like to see them do something as good as Fallout 3 was played it 3 times through....really it was the only game I have completly finished ey alone 3 times..... Would not mind seeing something as good as it was but based on Falling Skies TV Series

Zenstrive
Zenstrive

Anime with free roaming RPG potentials. Hmm...................Last Exile? Legend of Legendary Heroes? Legioss? (God forbid) Haruri ?

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

Please be Transformers. Please be Transformers. Please be Transformers. It's going to be My Little Pony, isn't it?

isshiah
isshiah

hmmm...the possibilities.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

they better took up where they left from that RPG ALIENS game instead doing cartoon nonsense

greygaurdianx
greygaurdianx

I don't have much faith in Obsidian anymore. Their games that have come out recently are subpar. KotOR 2 is excusable, since it was not their fault. They were pushed by Lucasarts to get the game done by Christmas. Alpha Protocol was okay, but It had way too many flaws to be to be good. New Vegas had too many glitches. I can understand a certain amount of glitches, but the glitches in New Vegas were too much. I could never reload my gun without resorting to switching weapons, and I had to constantly restart because of games that wouldn't load after several hours of waiting. I have not even bothered to get the DLC because of this problem. There are patches, but the game should have dealt with most of these issues before it came out, not after. Obsidian needs to get their stuff together. I know that I will rent any games that they develop from now on. I really wanted Alpha Protocol and New Vegas to be great, but they let me down. At least I have learned to be careful with my money. I hope that they surprise me, but I don't have much faith in them anymore.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

Was hoping for something like the Venture Bros [seriously, it's begging for an action/adventure game], but then I saw the "leading" bit in the title. So it'll probably be Avatar :L

donkey0007
donkey0007

But my moneys on.... Star wars clone wars.

donkey0007
donkey0007

Mega Fingers crossed they make KOTOR 3!

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

When Obsidian was Black Isle, they made some great games. Since the dissolution of Black Isle they are have been kind of struggling, getting contracted for sequels on other franchises and not being given sufficient resources to be successful. I will give them slack for that. Alpha Protocol was their own thing and it was lack luster but again I think that may be because of pressures from the publisher to get it out the door by a certain date. I would like to have seen the Alien IP based RPG they were making, too bad it got canned before it got finished.

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

I could see them tackling something related to Avatar: The Last Airbnder cartoon. Especially considering the new series starts next spring I think.

rasputin177
rasputin177

I have not found one bug in Dungeon Siege 3. After the patches New Vegas has not given me any real problems. Dungeon Siege 3 is not an artistic game but with a friend it is actually pretty fun because of the a few unique combat mechanics and visceral abilities. Of course they are known for bugs but I don't have any real hate towards them.

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

"Obsidian-- the Sloppy-seconds developer" -McSheaism no. 5 I wonder what is the allure for most companies shopping their properties to these clowns. All of their games are buggy beyond reason (Alpha Protocol), their ugly (Fallout NV- the Fallout 3 expansion), and/or the bulk of their games are retreads of ideas already explored in the previous title (KOTOR II). So why!!! Stop it just...stop it

rasputin177
rasputin177

I really can't think what it would be. The only thing I can imagine that I would like is a deep and engaging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG/Hack and Slash.

Wall
Wall

Tim Cain recently joined Obsidian...it would be nice if they tried to do some Troika IP (Arcanum sequel). I don't see it happening though.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

why obsidian? how could anyone trust these clowns?

Melchior111
Melchior111

@simon1812 KOTOR2 was superior. The thing is, what you played is a game w/ its last 20% missing. There is a LOT of stuff missing from the game. Obsidian didn't have time to implement it cuz LucasArts pushed for the game release. Even after the game's lauch there was no effort to fix the game (if you recall at the end there where missing parts such as the G0t0 dialogue). Do yourself a favor and play the game with the TSL restored content mod. You'll see the difference.

simon1812
simon1812

ronnet KOTOR2 great? well FO:NV got better after many patching but KOTOR2? it was a shame of a game, I loved KOTOR and hated KOTOR2, I have little faith in obsidian and no doubt the resulting work will be below average.

ronnet
ronnet

Obsidian is good at creating an atmospheric environment and a compelling story, but they aren't good at building sollid gameplay. If they get to build upon other people's engine and gameplay like with KOTOR2 and FO:NV then they're great. Otherwise not so much...

gix47
gix47

thundercats...sadly i do like obsidian but dungeon siege,to me...was a poor mans WoW and i really disliked NWN 2..very

starduke
starduke

An "animated property", eh? That could be just about anything that's animated. Well, as long as it's not Care Bears, it could actually be good.

TJORLY
TJORLY

As long as its not MLP, I'm good. Goddamn bronys are freaking everywhere.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Alpha Protocol must be a "hate it or love it"-sort of a game! I liked it pretty much,loved the charas and the story,choices and the motivating skillsystem.Never experienced a bug and have done pretty much everything(X360-GS 975).Controls was too sensitive is my only complaint. Dungeon Siege 3 was a dissapointment coz they messed up the multiplayer(one screen for all players,guestplayers couldnt pick the loot etc).DS 3 could have been blast of a game! Nonthenless,i am very interested what animated series-ip they work on.I have no idea which animated series is currently one of the "leading" in the staates.

wexorian
wexorian

they teamed up with activision and they are doing cod game :DDDDDD

Taegre
Taegre

@Devils-DIVISION Don't be so quick to call them awful. Obsidian has some of the best writers and artists in their roster, some whose credits include the most iconic CRPGs of the last two decades. Unfortunately they got paired up with some pretty lazy programmers.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Obsidian are, to put it mildly, awful. New Vegas was barely playable due to the bugs... And as for Alpha Protocol... Don't even get me started! I don't trust this developer, and I won't purchase their product if there are any technical issues reported with it. To ask full price for a half-assed game is, at the least, being disingenuous.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

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PuyallupHero
PuyallupHero

Thundercats. However, I do think Obsidian is a very over-rated company and their work on Dungeon Siege 3 just re-iterated the fact that they don't really know what they're doing.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

:@Moloch121 Maybe its just me but when was the last time obsidian came up with a new ip that they themselves came up with that was mildly successful? The studios history is pretty much based on using other studios ips and then spinning off sequel to that other peoples hard work and not very well may I add. So until Obsidian comes out with a new ip they selfs have come up with that impresses me I could careless what spinoff they are working on next...

Jaxith
Jaxith

My money's on G.I. Joe, but it could be any number of things. Technical shortcomings aside, I've enjoyed Obsidian's previous offerings, and am looking forward to this, whatever it turns out to be.

Damascuss
Damascuss

@dxBIGBOSSxb That's irrelevant. People will always explore the gaming market, both new and old. First impressions are important. What if FO:NV was his first game by obsidian. What are you going to say about it? Are you going to suggest he plays older games by obsidian to get a better understanding of what they're capable of? How does this help him when his first impression (if it was) new vegas? And just to be clear, I like obsidian. But their games are almost always a buggy mess. This does not make them a bad company, usually the game play is great which allows me to forgive the majority of the problems that they'll fix anyways.

Morfessa
Morfessa

Sorry, Obsidian, but you have NO credibility after your last "offering".

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

@LoserMike Lemme guess, the only game you played from them was Fallout: New Vegas.

scratchisme
scratchisme

@sksknight1 That would be the best. Adventure time is pretty great.

Moloch121
Moloch121

@BlackBaldwin Seriously? Other than CDProjekt, Obsidian is the only rpg dev studio that knows how to make a rpg game that 1. Doesn't have to do with saving the world 2. Amazing characters and story 3. Streamline or max a game more complex. I know I know they have a terrible history with bugs and such but NWN2 and Kotor 2 are great games. Kotor II unfortunately was rushed but the direction it was headed was great. Obsidian even offered to patch in all missing content. Now look at New Vegas some original devs who worked on FO2 worked on New Vegas (right?) more skill checks, more dialogue and quest and even a return of loe intelligence dialogue and unfortunately when a developer One of the biggest reasons why games don't have better stories is the reason why the F:NV Dead Money DLC was so poorly rated in the gaming community - because when a game mixes good writing and a good story with heavy thematic overtones littered with intriguing characters, plenty of interactions, choice and consequence all condensed into a module with unique and challenging gameplay, people lambast it for being too hard, too confusing and not being "fun" or "intuitive".