Report Suggests Microsoft Is Acquiring Obsidian Entertainment, Deal Is Close To Done
Obsidian Entertainment, the house of RPGs that made Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars Of Eternity and Tyranny, is reported to be acquired by Microsoft.
The report comes from Kotaku, cited several sources that the deal is “90%” finished, and “a matter of when, not if”.
Obsidian, founded by ex-Interplay developers, have built its repertoire for making immersive RPGs. Though they also have a rocky history on the financial side, almost closing shop if not for the successful Kickstarter that birthed Pillars Of Eternity.
Interestingly, Obsidian and Microsoft once collaborated to make an Xbox One-exclusive game called Stormlands. Though that game was eventually cancelled.
Microsoft is currently looking to bolster its in-house development team. At E3 2018, Microsoft already shown this by announcing several studios now directly owned by Microsoft including Playground Games (Forza Horizon series), Ninja Theory (Hellblade) and Undead Labs (State Of Decay 2). Considering Sony’s recent success with its first-party exclusives, it’s easy to see why.
Obsidian is currently working on a new IP under the new Take Two label Private Division. Should the deal with Microsoft is done, the fate of this game is yet unknown.