lazygecko Posted June 25, 2011 Report Share Posted June 25, 2011 Alright, so it's a rumor. But there's many things giving the rumor some weight. It starts off with Feargus stating last year that they would like to work on the franchise. Then, last month Obsidian had a job posting for a "highly stylized, high profile RPG". It's unlikely this is an original franchise, given Obsidian's history, the "high profile" description and how their only own IP Alpha Protocol was a commercial failure. Yesterday there was also an interview with Chris Avellone where he's hinting at something with "One thing I'll say - being an independent developer gives you access to franchises I never thought possible a few years back." So why would Square-Enix ever farm out one of their franchises to Obsidian? For one, they already have a relationship with eachother now through Dungeon Siege 3. Second, we know there are precedents for this. There's Front Mission Evolved, but more importantly they gave their flagship IP Final Fantasy to Grin. That game never got released though, as Grin shut down after Bionic Commando flopping hard sales-wise and the company expanding too fast to keep itself going after that. Still, it showed that SE were very much open to the idea of licensing out their stuff. I can't find the specific article, but I recall SE being queried on why they're not doing anything with the Chrono series, and their response that the sales had just been too low to warrant anything new. Now, we know that Obsidian is making an XBLA game, and it would probably make sense that the aformentioned RPG they need a 2D character animator for is that game. It doesn't seem too outlandish that Square-Enix would task Obsidian with making a low-risk, downloadable Chrono title instead of going the AAA budget route. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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