That might seem like a big duh, insofar as it’s been widely presumed that Microsoft’s acquisition of Obsidian in 2018 ought to give it a claim over the hit 2019 RPG. However, Outer Worlds was published under Private Division, a Take-Two subsidiary, and more often than not publishers like Take-Two try to secure exclusive IP rights to the games they publish.
But things appear to have changed. Private Division spoke to GamaSutra, explaining that Take-Two will not be involved in Outer Worlds’ future, emphasizing Microsoft and Obsidian as the stewards of that franchise. This was in response to a piece about Take-Two’s bullish assessment of The Outer Worlds’ performance and company president Karl Slatoff’s enthusiasm for the franchise’s long-term prospects.
Slatoff said that the success wasn’t what the company anticipated. “Obviously we’re incredibly pleased with Outer Worlds and everything that it’s brought. It was — I can’t say that it was a complete surprise out of the gate, but it was certainly was something pleasant for us and a little bit unexpected,” said Slatoff before suggesting continued participation in what he saw as a “long-term franchise.”
Those remarks created confusion regarding who owns the publishing rights for the game. Private Division cleared things up stating, “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 Outer Worlds sold 3 million units since launch and the two DLCs have been “very well received.” Take-Two and Private Division continue to support and market the game and its sales remain healthy for a three year old game. The Outer Worlds’ release on Nintendo Switch gave it a new lease on sales and the Murder on Eridanos DLC is set to arrive on the hybrid console.
The Outer Worlds is available on Xbox, Windows 10 PCs and is on the Xbox Game Pass. It is also available on the Epic Game Store, Steam, GOG.com and on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.