Obsidian Reportedly Set to be Microsoft's Newest Studio Acquisition

Obsidian Reportedly Set to be Microsoft's Newest Studio Acquisition

Sources say the deal is close to being done.

Microsoft could be close to purchasing RPG-studio Obsidian Entertainment according to a new report which spoke to three people familiar with the deal.

In a story from Kotaku, sources say the Microsoft deal to acquire Obsidian is "90 percent" finished and that "It's a matter of when, not if." The report warns that deals have fallen apart in the final hours in the past, but from the sound of it, Obsidian and Microsoft are pretty much in-agreement about the purchase.

Obsidian, best known for RPG games like Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and the crowdfunded Pillars of Eternity series, will apparently bolster Microsoft's RPG capabilities on both console and PC. As noted, Obsidian has come close to shutting down back in 2012 and having a company with resources and stability like Microsoft could be a huge boon.

Pillars of Eternity 2. Source: Obsidian Entertainment

As for Microsoft, the company has been aggressively expanding its portfolio of first-party developers, potentially in hopes of competing with rival PlayStation. Earlier this year Microsoft purchased Playground games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory. Developers of driving games, immersion-sims, and action-adventure games respectively. Obsidian would add RPGs to that roster.

Both Microsoft and Obsidian declined to comment on rumors or speculation, though Obsidian has no problem commenting on Rumors the album by Fleetwood Mac.

Meanwhile, Obsidian was last said to be working on a new RPG published by 2K Games' Private Division label. The status of that project in light of the acquisition news is unclear, but in a statement to Kotaku Private Division says, "While it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation, we look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game."

Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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