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Obsidian Entertainment is an American video game developer founded in 2003 after the disestablishment of Interplay Productions' Black Isle Studios, for PC and console systems. Obsidian continues to operate under management by its founding officers: Feargus Urquhart, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, Chris Avellone and Chris Jones. In July 2005, they hired Josh Sawyer of Icewind Dale fame.

Games developed

On March 23, 2006, Obsidian and SEGA announced that they would co-develop a role-playing game based on a new franchise.[5] It was revealed to be Alpha Protocol, an RPG set in a modern-day spy adventure setting, on June 1, 2010.[6]

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.[7] However, it has since been canceled.[8] Another game called Seven Dwarves (working title) was also canceled.[9][10]

On April 20, 2009, Bethesda Softworks announced that a new game in the Fallout series, Fallout: New Vegas will be developed by Obsidian, with an expected release in 2010.[2]

On February 11, 2010, Red Eagle Games and Obsidian announced that they would co-develop game(s) based on the Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels by author Robert Jordan.[11]

At E3 2010 it was announced that Obsidian would be developing Dungeon Siege 3 for Square-Enix.

See also


  1. Mueller, Mark (2008-08-11). "Game Companies Taking Office Space at Faster Clip". Orange County Business Journal: p. 82. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fallout: New Vegas unveiled. Ellie Gibson. Eurogamer (2009-04-20). Retrieved on 2009-04-20.
  3. Square Enix announces partnership with Obsidian Entertainment for Dungeon Siege 3. Square Enix (June 7, 2010). Retrieved on June 7, 2010.
  4. E3 2010: Feargus Urquhart Interview. GameBanshee (July 2, 2010). Retrieved on July 2, 2010. “As we stopped working on Alpha Protocol in late summer of last year everybody transferred over either to a private internal product we’re making right now - which I want to talk to you about soon - or they went to Dungeon Siege III.”
  5. SEGA Partners with Obsidian Entertainment to Create Original Content for Next Generation Consoles. BusinessWire (2006-03-23). Retrieved on 2008-11-01.
  6. SEGA And Obsidian Set To Redefine The RPG Genre With Alpha Protocol. SEGA News. SEGA Corporation (2008-03-13). Retrieved on 2008-11-01.
  7. SEGA Signs Obsidian Entertainment To Develop Alien Title For Next-generation Systems. SEGA News. SEGA Corporation (2006-12-13). Retrieved on 2008-11-01.
  8. Obsidian's Aliens RPG Officially Finished. Giant Bomb (2009-06-26). Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  9. Former Obsidian artist Ian Ameling's resume..
  10. Massey, Dana (2007-06-29). Dev Profile Q&A: Kevin Saunders, Lead Designer on NWN2: MotB. Warcry Network. Themis Media. Retrieved on 2007-05-30. “I was the lead designer on project "New Jersey," which was never announced, and then helped with finishing up NWN2 over its last six months or so.”
  11. Red Eagle Games partners with Obsidian. Dragonmount (2010-02-11). Retrieved on 2010-02-13.

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