The recent rumor regarding Microsoft’s alleged acquisition of RPG kings Obsidian refuses to die down. While some are excited to see the company work with a stable AAA budget, others are scared of Obsidian losing platform independence.
Former Obsidian employee Chris Avellone has taken a rather quizzical turn – he’s urging Microsoft to fire Obsidian’s management.
In a post on Twitter, Avellone told Xbox Boss Phill Spencer, “If you are doing a deal with Obsidian… hire the devs, fire the chaff at the top.”
@XboxP3, if you ARE doing a deal with Obsidian Ent., I’d really, really look at Pillars of Eternity sales figures (which Fig has indirectly revealed this month, and tried to be cagey about it). Good devs there, terrible management – Hire the devs, fire the chaff at the top.
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) November 7, 2018
Currently working for Techland on Dying Light 2, Chris Avellone is a big name in the RPG world. Avellone’s work on Fallout 2, Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, KOTOR 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout New Vegas, and so much more has bolstered his name and credibility in the gaming sphere.
In an interview with TechRaptor earlier this year, Avellone expressed disappointment with the management at Obsidian, blaming them for his departure.
“I objected to a number of these things because they seemed wrong,” Avellone told TechRaptor.
Obsidian are well known for having issues with funding – they aren’t particularly quiet about that matter – but management wasn’t particularly caring towards those that gave up their paychecks during those dark times.
Avellone continues, “The biggest shock, though, came when the matter arose about paying back employees (not the owners, but our employees) who had given up their paychecks to keep Obsidian from going bankrupt”
If Obsidian’s management is causing problems for the company, I’m sure Microsoft will sort that out if they do intend on purchasing the developer. With funding secured and management sorted, Obsidian could be a true force to behold in the gaming world. What do you think?