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Obsidian and InXile Vied for Baldur's Gate III rights next to Larian Studios

Baldis Gate III was founded by Larian Studios, then officially announced as one of Google Stadia's launch titles, and finally some more details were shared under PC Gaming Show at E3 2019. While we have always known that it has long been Baldur's Gate II most of us probably did not expect both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment to compete for the rights, both with alumni from Black Isle Studios. Black Isle Studios was a division of Interplay and served as the publisher of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II with BioWare as a developer. In fact, one of the games interrupted by Interplay before Black Isle Studios was closed was Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound . This interrupted game has been widely documented .

According to a report by IGN, iXile CEO Brian Fargo spoke about his attempt to secure the license during E3 2019.

I love this title. You know, both I and [Obsidian CEO] Feargus [Urquhart] chased it for years. [Larian CEO] Swen [Vincke] also. We all, for a decade. After leaving Interplay it was the first thing I went for. I was very close at one point. I had the funding all lined up and Atari got into trouble … Feargus had a better inside track than I did and he couldn't do it. And then Larian stopped doing so, which was a good choice by the way. It was a good choice. [But] We all tried for it.

Fargo also had some vague memories of his almost successful rise.

We thought of a thought in the plot design, which I remember. It has been over 15 years. All I remember is that [player character] was persecuted. Everything went bad and they blamed the protagonist and you have to clear your name.

Microsoft bought both Obsidian and inXile in November in November and both studios came up at the Xbox E3 2019 conference with new trailers for their upcoming titles The External Worlds and Wasteland 3 so they are probably not so disappointed that the license went to Larian Studios. It is very likely that, after the enormous commercial and critical success of Divinity: Original Sin II (Our Review), the Coast Guides were decided to join Larian, investing in the studio's ability to revive the party-classified classic RPG with Dungeons & Dragons license.

Do you want either the Obsidian or InXile license instead of Larian? How do you imagine Baldur's Gate III made by these studios? Let us know in the comments below!

Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Hack for rental, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, deepening of first person, turn based tactics, point-and-clickers and card jousting.

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