Obsidian Entertainment Not “Indie For Life”

Obsidian Entertainment is a studio that’s best known in console circles for their development of Fallout: New Vegas and, more recently South Park: The Stick of Truth. They’ve been around for a very long time, and during that time have operated under the wing of a publisher and more recently as an independent studio developing games on behalf of publishers such as Bethesda and Ubisoft.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, studio head Feargus Urquhart spoke at length about the pros and cons of existing as an independent studio, explaining the risks and rewards that are inherent to a studio in that position, and reveals that giving up that independence to create a more stable business environment is something that the company would consider – with the right partner.

“It’s not like we’re ‘indie for life’,” he says, “not like we bleed indie blood. We were an internal studio [Black Isle] for a publisher for a long time and we were successful.”

“If the right opportunity came up,” adds Parker, “it’s certainly something that we would do.”

The biggest cons clearly relate to the way in which publishing deals are done, whilst the biggest pros all seem to surround freedom of creativity.

“The great thing about being independent is we can work on Star Wars and South Park at the same time, where an internal studio couldn’t. I can wake up in the morning and say, ‘Hey we’re going to try and pitch Star Wars for the ninth time.'”

While it’s interesting to hear a studio that has apparently managed to exist independently for as long as Obsidian has speaking openly about the benefits of being part of a publisher, it’s perhaps not surprising – existing as a video game studio is incredibly difficult and the industry is littered with the remains of those that have failed.

What are your thoughts on Obsidian’s perspective? Are there any franchises you’d like to see them revisit – or any ones they haven’t handled yet that you’d like to see them tackle? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: wccftech.com

Make sure you like our Facebook page, join our Facebook group, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow on Twitter and Twitch for all the latest Xbox One news, reviews and competitions.

Stu Hunt

Drinker of tea. Writer of words. Player of Destiny. Opinionated.

Leave a Reply

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.