CEO: Obsidian Is "Doing Fine" Following Armored Warfare Loss, Likely Won't Develop Another MMO

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor February 14, 2017
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Last weekend's announcement that Obsidian Entertainment would no longer be developing Armored Warfare came as a sudden surprise to many. Today, we have additional comments on the unexpected move from Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart, who insists that the company is "doing fine" and doesn't have any layoffs planned.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Urquhart remains cordial in talking about My.com and Mail.ru and Obsidian's relationship with the Russian companies. He confirms that the Reddit post from a "consultant" citing tension between the two companies was from a community member, not employee, and that its allegations remain in the category of "supposition," as Eurogamer puts it.

As for the developer's future, Urquhart talks about several of the other projects his company is working on, including Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire -- well-funded by Pillars 1 and its own crowdfunding efforts -- card game Pathfinder Adventures, and "other unannounced projects." Even so, when I visited the studio, it employed a lot of people working exclusively on Armored Warfare. It's an open question as to whether those staff can be accommodated by Obsidian's other ventures.

One thing Obsidian probably won't be doing anytime soon is making its own massively multiplayer online game. Urquhart said that his company "love[s] making games," but dealing with all the other aspects of MMO development and maintenance -- "operations, customer service, live operations, etc." -- are "beyond the ability of an independent developer to manage unless that developer gets huge." While the company is listed as a co-developer on Skyforge, it might be assumed that most of the heavy lifting is done by Allods Team, with Obsidian just providing some localization and publication help.

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (5)

Napalm Priest 5 years ago
Let me cut you a leg, just one... You'll be fine without it, you can still do a lot of stuff but you won't run any time soon. One can expect only bad jokes from a bad joke country/sub-nation as Russia.

Adrian 5 years ago
I did not like and did not dislike the game, it was just... there, not much to say about it. The only thing that ever meant anything for me about Armored Warfare is that Spunkify was the CM.

commanderhavoc 5 years ago
Well, it does suck that they're not gonna be able to continue working on Armored Warfare, even more so if you think about the fact that a lot of people may lose their jobs because of this.
I hope they find a way to put them on other projects, like a new Fallout game.

trionisshit 5 years ago
Good news , no one need such sh it, let the criminals from dirt hole eat own sh it and pay to win and donate for that! :D

sharak 5 years ago
great maybe they could work on a new fallout


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