Microsoft rumored to be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

It appears Microsoft is looking to buy out Obsidian Entertainment, if a report from Kotaku is accurate. The deal is "90 percent" done, their source told them.

Obsidian is an independent developer known for role-playing games like "Knights of the Old Republic II", "Alpha Protocol", "Fallout: New Vegas", and "South Park: The Stick of Truth". The company is now working on a new RPG that still has no release date. Meanwhile, Obsidian has had financial difficulties in the past, so it's easy to see why Microsoft's enormous budget, and a practical guarantee of financial stability, might appeal.

Similarly, an Obsidian spokesperson said, "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". As recently as June of this year, executives at Microsoft went on a spending spree and acquired Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and Playground Games. Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft.

Obsidian's relationship with Microsoft doesn't leave much in the way of company friendship.

One source supposedly commented that Microsoft wants to increase development of PC software, making Obsidian a prime candidate for acquisition. It seems that Obsidian Entertainment might make that six soon. Tense disagreements between the two companies led Microsoft to cancel the game in 2012, and to some involved it was hard to imagine the pair working together again.

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