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

Microsoft sets it’s eyes on acquiring Oblivion Entertainment.Credit: Oblivion Entertainment

Rumor has it that Microsoft is in the late stages of finalizing a deal to purchase acclaimed RPG development studio Obsidian Entertainment. Kotaku reports that one person with knowledge of the negotiations between the two companies said “It’s a matter of when, not if” while another claimed the deal is “90%” finished.

Obsidian Entertainment has an impressive portfolio of role-playing games that includes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2004), Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Wasteland 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014), Pillars of Eternity (2015), and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (2018). The studio has been independent since it was founded  by Feargus Urquhart, Chris Avellone, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, and Chris Jones in 2003.

If the rumor is true, buying Obsidian Entertainment 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).

Obsidian Entertainment 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.

Given this history, a deal between Obsidian Entertainment and Microsoft seems unlikely at first glance. However, things have changed at Xbox since 2012. The management group that was responsible

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