Rumor Has It That Microsoft Is Set To Acquire Acclaimed RPG Developer Obsidian Entertainment

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Rumor has it that Microsoft is in the late stages of finalizing a deal to purchase acclaimed RPG development studio Oblivion Entertainment.

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If the rumor is true, buying Oblivian represents another step in Microsoft’s aggressive moves to shore up its weak line up of Xbox-exclusive games. Thus far this year, the company as acquired Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), Playground Games (the Forza Horizon series), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few) and Undead Labs (State of Decay).

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Obsidian and Microsoft have had business dealings in the past and it didn’t end well. In 2012 Obsidian was working on a game called Stormlands which was slated to be a launch title for the Xbox One. It was the biggest contract the studio had ever signed, and when Microsoft abruptly cancelled it, Obsidian nearly went under. The company turned to Kickstarter in a last-ditch attempt to save the studio. It worked. At the time, Pillars of Eternity broke the crowdfunding record for a video game.

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  • Date: 2018-10-10
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Microsoft Reportedly Close to Acquiring Obsidian as An Xbox Developer

Reports are circulating that Microsoft is very close to obtaining video game developer studio Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian has been independent studio since it was founded in 2003. The developer is primarily known for its RPG games’and have quite a few big titles under their belt, including fan favorite and acclaimed titles such as Fallout: New Vegas, Knights of the Old Republic II, and most recently,’Pillars of Eternity.

Meanwhile, even though Microsoft led the last console race with the Xbox 360 they’ve fallen behind with the Xbox One largely due to a poor start on the marketing front in 2013 and since, a lack of quality exclusive games for the platform. The Xbox One lags substantially behind rival PlayStation 4 in sales sand exclusivity deals, and is even being surpassed by the more recent Nintendo Switch.’This is why Xbox has been making so many pro-consumer choices in recent years, from supporting backward compatibility, cross-play, and Play Anywhere, and why at E3 this summer, announced the acquisition of multiple developers to secure their position for the next generation of consoles.

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  • Date: 2018-10-09T11:10:29Z
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Microsoft reportedly finalizing deal to acquire RPG gaming maker Obsidian Entertainment

The indie developer has released several critically-acclaimed RPGs over the years, but it also went through some financial problems this decade which were caused in part by cancelled projects. The company is currently working on a new RPG that still has no release date.

‘Unfortunately, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up,’ said an Obsidian spokesperson. A much more serious statement came from a Microsoft spokesperson, saying that ‘We do not comment on rumors or speculation.’

Microsoft having an ‘exclusive problem’ has probably been one of the most common things we’ve heard during this console generation, and bringing another talented developer on board seems to be a good opportunity to fix that. The acquisition could also give Obsidian Entertainment much more resources for its future games. We’ll see what happens, but Microsoft’s upcoming XO event in November may well be much more interesting than expected.

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  • Date: 2018-10-09T18:45:27Z
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Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is all but done.

One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they’d heard it was ‘90%’ finished. Said a second person: ‘It’s a matter of when, not if.’

One compelling argument for the sale is that being owned by a company with deep pockets will offer Obsidian stability and resources the likes of which it has never had before.

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Microsoft set to buy Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft are reportedly close to finalising a deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment, with the acclaimed RPG developer set to be the latest studio to join Microsoft’s growing number of Xbox focussed studios.

Reports of the acquisition comes from Kotaku, which cites three sources ‘briefed on the negotiations’. One source was quoted as saying the deal was ‘90% done’, while another said it was ‘a matter of when, not if.’

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