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Computer and video games
|Founded||2003 (Santa Ana, California)|
|Headquarters||Irvine, California, United States|
|Key people||Feargus Urquhart, CEO
Chris Parker, COO
Darren Monahan, CIO
Chris Avellone, CCO
Chris Jones, CTO
|Products||List of Obsidian Entertainment video games|
Obsidian Entertainment is an American role-playing video game developer founded in 2003 after the disestablishment of Interplay Productions' Black Isle Studios. Although it has created original intellectual property, Obsidian has mostly developed sequels to existing games, and many of their games are based on licensed properties. Obsidian continues to operate under the management of its founding officers: Feargus Urquhart (CEO), Chris Parker (COO), Darren Monahan (CIO), Chris Avellone (CCO) and Chris Jones (CTO).
On March 23, 2006, Obsidian and SEGA announced that they would co-develop a role-playing game based on a new franchise. It was revealed to be Alpha Protocol, an RPG set in a modern-day spy adventure setting, which was released on June 1, 2010.
On December 13, 2006, SEGA officially announced that Obsidian Entertainment had been signed to develop a role-playing game based on the Aliens film franchise. However, it has since been canceled for unknown reasons. Another game called Seven Dwarves (working title) was also canceled.
On April 20, 2009, Bethesda Softworks announced that a new game in the Fallout series, Fallout: New Vegas would be developed by Obsidian. It was released in October 2010. Of note is the fact that many Obsidian designers formerly belonged to Black Isle Studios, which produced Fallout 2, as well as most of the series' lore.
At E3 2010 it was announced that Obsidian would be developing Dungeon Siege III for Square Enix; the game was released in 2011. On September 1, 2011, Square Enix announced that the Treasures of the Sun DLC for Dungeon Siege III was forthcoming, with an anticipated release in October 2011.
Obsidian Entertainment revealed that they are pitching an unknown original IP to several publishers and are getting very good results.
On December 1, 2011, South Park: The Stick of Truth was announced being developed by Obsidian. On March 14, 2012, Obsidian cancelled a "future next gen project", resulting in the layoff of approximately 20-30 employees both from that project and the upcoming South Park: The Game team.
Pillars of Eternity was announced on September 14, 2012. The title is the first from Obsidian to employ a crowd-funded model of financing, utilizing the popular website Kickstarter to acquire funds. The funding ended successfully on October 16, 2012 having gathered $3,986,929, which beat the record amount for video games funded via Kickstarter previously held by Double Fine Adventure.
|2004||Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2006||Neverwinter Nights 2||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|2007||Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2008||Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2011||Dungeon Siege III||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2014||South Park: The Stick of Truth||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2014||Pillars of Eternity||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|TBA||The Wheel of Time||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
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