Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian brought many questions, including the future publishing deals and more light was recently shed on their work with Private Division.
Obsidian's latest RPG was somewhat of a timed exclusive on Epic Games Store due to a deal with the publisher Private Division, making countless players give it a wide berth in protest to the storefront's strategy of preventing games from being sold on Steam.
The Outer Worlds is a great game in its own right and certainly deserved a wide audience, which eventually came with the release on Steam but the question of whether future content will be exclusive will now be put to rest.
Namely, Obsidian initially picked Private Division as their publisher because the deal would let the devs keep the IP and now that Microsoft acquired them, they are the IP owners. As such, the tech giant will handle future publishing alongside the studio while the cooperation with Private Division will come to an end.
This news came straight from Private Division, as you can see in the tweet below.
So what does this mean to you, the player? Well, it means that future games in The Outer Worlds universe will not have timed exclusivity attached to them. If Microsoft doesn't change course, we will see theoretical future games on Steam and Xbox Game Pass from day one.
The reason why we noted the future games are theoretical is that no one announced The Outer Worlds 2 yet but that doesn't mean it's not in development.