An official post on the official Armored Warfare page has revealed that effective immediately, My.com will be handling developmental duties in place of Obsidian Entertainment. What this means for Obsidian is hard to parse out immediately, but it will undoubtedly have lasting repercussions on the company for the future.
How can the loss of one game title lead to financial trouble? If you’re not up to date on the history of Obsidian, let’s take a trip through memory lane, shall we? After developing titles like Alpha Protocol and Neverwinter Nights 2, Obsidian sought something a little more high-profile. They developed Fallout: New Vegas with the expectation that if the game got high scores, Bethesda would award Obsidian with royalties from the product. New Vegas missed the Metacritic target by one point, and subsequently was forced to cancel a long-developed project titled “North Carolina.”
After the lukewarm reception of Dungeon Siege 3 the next year, Obsidian was in dire straits, before eventually turning to Kickstarter for the monumental success of Pillars of Eternity, a downright amazing game in its own right. Kickstarter dollars alone weren’t going to keep the lights on, and even with the success of Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian partnered with My.com and Mail.ru to publish Armored Warfare, a tactical tank-based shooter with modern vehicles and environments.
Initially angled as a competitor to World of Tanks, the inclusion of base-building and PvE modes, plus the hints of a story and persistent crew-members to your tanks suggested that Obsidian had bigger plans for the otherwise mindless shooter. A Reddit post by a member of the community would seem to corroborate these suspicions, but he was neither a member of Obsidian’s development team, nor on the publishing side, and much of his speculation will likely remain as such.
Nevertheless, Armored Warfare came in at a time when Obsidian needed money, and now that development has stopped, it looks like some of the team members are leaving too, though they have been picked up by embattled Evolve Stage 2 developer Turtle Rock. A lengthy post and interview on Eurogamer goes into greater detail as to why Armored Warfare development didn’t work out, but for now, with the success of Pillars of Eternity 2, here’s to hoping Obsidian sticks around for the foreseeable future.