Microsoft Reportedly Close to Buying Obsidian Entertainment

Alfred Osborne
October 10, 2018

According to Kotaku, Microsoft is now in the process of buying the Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian to add to their evergrowing list of studios. Several anonymous sources have confirmed the deal could be "90% done" or thereabouts.

Obsidian Entertainment, known for RPG hits like Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, and Pillars of Eternity, has not offered comment on the potential deal, but the timing seems right for both parties. Microsoft has acquired a number of video-game studios over the last few years, including paying US$2.5 billion to take over Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, in 2014.

In late 2017, Obsidian announced that it was developing a new RPG that would be published by Private Division, a label of 2K Games created to fund mid-sized games.

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Microsoft announced various other studio acquisitions at E3 2018, such as Ninja Theory, The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, and Compulsion Games.

Continuing the no comment game is a representative from Private Division; a 2K Games label that was reportedly set to publish an upcoming Obsidian project.

Microsoft's biggest weakness this generation has been its stable of first-party developers, and with Obsidian, the company now has an RPG-focused studio that can help it compete against the PlayStation's strong lineup. The rumored deal would also be considerably favorable for Obsidian, which has struggled with financial issues in the past.

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