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Obsidian has an XBLA game in the works and one it “can’t talk about at all,” says studio head

Saturday, 26th February 2011 17:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Other than working on DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian are busy little bees, according to studio head Feargus Urquhart.

Last year, the studio released Alpha Protocol, New Vegas, and revealed it was helping out with development on Red Eagle’s Wheel of Time games.

This year, the firm is releasing Dungeon Siege 3, an XBLA arcade title, and there’s also a another game in the works as well as one being pitched – of of which might be that mysterious “Project Virginia” outed earlier in the month.

As far as a sequel, licensed or original game is concerned, Urquhart told Game Revolution that there’s “nothing that’s been moved forward,” at the moment but the studio would indeed “love to develop Dungeon Siege 4.”

“On the flip side, I think as a studio, we have some original ideas and stories to tell,” he said. “We have a great idea for a new world we’ve just started pitching to publishers and we have an older pitch that we really like called ‘Defiance’ which is about a fantasy world where, basically, Sauron [from Lord of the Rings] won. Everything isn’t happy in The Shire, they didn’t get the ring in the fire and the hobbits are all dead. We think that’s a cool pitch and we hope to have a publisher pick that up at some point.

“We’re also working on an original IP XBLA game. so that hopefully will be out first quarter next year. It’ll be an action RPG that’s focused on fun, not Dungeon Siege, it’s quite a bit different in a different genre with a different camera. We also might throw our hat in the whole free-to-play thing. In the game industry there’s a lot of different opportunities for all different kinds of products.

“There actually is another game that I can’t talk about at all… it’s a licensed product but 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’.”

Sounds like we can expect a lot from the firm in the future.

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  1. Hunam

    Maybe soon they’ll be able to hire more than just writing talent.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. RockTwist

    Bug testers would be nice.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Zurtech

    @2

    But then it wouldn’t be an Obsidian game.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Just gonna unload some heinous bile here: I don’t get why you’d pick a headline that isn’t news at all. Saying you have a secret project without saying the first thing about what it is really isn’t news to anyone, it’s just a developer saying pretty much nothing at all. Every business has secret projects, it just doesn’t mean anything on its own.

    This isn’t the worst nonstory I’ve seen thanks to the actual reporting that turns out to be in there, but who on earth would ever need to know that a developer has a secret project, without any information as to what it might be?

    Are you gonna start reporting that it looks like it might rain, but it might not, as well?

    I think it’s a lot more interesting that they’re pitching a post-apocalyptic fantasy game. The only good hobbit is a dead hobbit.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Crab of Thunder

    Looks like they’ve got a lot going for them, some of it sounds interesting too. The LOTR idea sounds pretty cool. “Everything isn’t happy in the shire” :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. I Am A Troll

    @4 The only good hobbit is a dead hobbit.

    For shame. Us here in Ered Mithrin have great respect for the tiny folk.

    #6 3 years ago