Microsoft Reportedly Close to Buying Obsidian Entertainment

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment, according to a Kotaku report citing "three people briefed on the negotiations". Several anonymous sources have confirmed the deal could be "90% done" or thereabouts. The company is now working on a new RPG that still has no release date.

Obsidian's relationship with Microsoft doesn't leave much in the way of company friendship. That representative stated that "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".

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.

Microsoft has kept Minecraft multiplatform, even enabling cross-play between Switch and Xbox One players, but console makers usually buy studios with the intent for those studios to make games for their consoles, not the competition.

Both Microsoft and Obsidian Entertainment have declined to comment on the matter.

That statement seems to suggest this deal will not alter Obsidian's agreement with Private Label, but it may impact which systems the untitled Obsidian project is released for. A series of cancelled projects reportedly led to major financial troubles in 2012.

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