Obsidian's The Outer Worlds exceeded sales expectations according to the latest report by Take-Two Interactive. Who knew there would be a massive audience for a good singleplayer RPG?
Obsidian Entertainment carved out a name for themselves with RPG titles that tend to be immersive, have interesting stories, characters and provide a wholesome experience for those who adventure through them. Microtransactions are not involved in these RPGs and people get the full package for the price they pay upfront.
Based on the massive push on microtransaction-heavy live service titles we have seen in recent years, one would think there is no market left for games like the ones Obsidian makes. Enter The Outer Worlds, an RPG that launched on the same day as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and it still sold like hotcakes.
Take-Two Interactive's Q2 2019 financial report noted that The Outer Worlds was both a critical and commercial success. The sales apparently exceeded expectations but didn't clarify whether the expectations were lowered in the first place due to the launch date being on the same day as CoD: Modern Warfare.
The report didn't reveal the sales spread between platforms but it did state that the Switch version is coming in both regular 2020 and Take-Two's fiscal 2020.
That will likely be the last time Take-Two are the ones reporting on sales from Obsidian's new franchise as the studio is now a part of Microsoft and The Outer Worlds IP is still part of their portfolio. The reason Take-Two had rights to the title despite Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian is that the studio previously made arrangements with Private Division, which is T2's publishing label.