Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft rumored to be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft rumored to be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment

Some of its greatest accomplishments include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Pillars of Eternity (and sequel) and Tyranny.

Microsoft's spending spree doesn't seem to have been restricted to the run up to E3, as reports suggest that they're close to penning a deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment. While these deals sometimes fall apart at the last minute, one source told Kotaku that it was merely "a matter of when, not if". Working under Microsoft would ensure that the studio's projects would have ample funding, as the it has faced closure before in 2012. Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3".

Despite the apparent inevitability of the deal the two companies have a storied history and when Microsoft cancelled Xbox exclusive role-playing game Stormlands in 2012 Obsidian nearly went bust.

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When reached for comment, both Microsoft and Obsidian refused to comment on rumors or speculation. As mentioned above, Sony clearly is on the winning side when it comes to better titles on their platform, but what if Microsoft can swing the market with some strong RPG releases?

Microsoft recently bolstered its first-party offerings with the acquisition of five new studios, including "State of Decay" developer Undead Labs, "Forza Horizon" developer Playground Games, "We Happy Few" studio Compulsion Games, "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" studio Ninja Theory, and brand-new studio The Initiative.

A person familiar with goings-on at Microsoft said the company has been looking to bolster its PC development, which makes the PC-focused Obsidian a flawless fit.

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