In what's perhaps not surprising news - but good to get some clarification none the less - Microsoft and Obsidian will be publishing any future instalments in The Outer Worlds series. The first game worked with Take-Two's subsidiary Private Division to publish the game, but since the acquisition of Obsidian by Microsoft in 2018, things appear to have changed.

Speaking to Gamasutra, a spokesperson from Private Division reportedly revealed that any "future iterations" of the franchise now solely lie with Obsidian and Microsoft. The question then remains that if a new entry comes to light, will it be exclusively available on Xbox? Or will it hop onto other platforms alongside a simultaneous Game Pass launch?

"Private Division is still supporting and marketing The Outer Worlds, including the upcoming release of Murder on Eridanos DLC on Nintendo Switch. Moving forward, Obsidian and Microsoft will be publishing future iterations in the franchise, and we're absolutely thrilled to see where they take it."

The report also confirms that Take-Two Interactive saw the sales of The Outer Worlds somewhat "surprising" and "a little bit unexpected". Certainly sounds like a franchise that may see the light of day again then, eh?

Obsidian are also hiring for an unannounced open-world RPG. With the team already helming Grounded and the upcoming fantasy-RPG Avowed, it could be a suggestion that another entry in The Outer Worlds series is in the works. It's previously been rumoured that the game is already in pre-production, so maybe the next entry is finally underway.

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