Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Microsoft reportedly finalizing deal to acquire RPG gaming maker Obsidian Entertainment

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Roberta Sherman | 10 October, 2018, 05:37

Sources close to Microsoft and Obsidian Entertainment have revealed that Microsoft allegedly is in the midst of finalizing a deal to acquire the independent developer, which is "90%" finished. 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. Another person with knowledge of the deal said, "It's a matter of when, not if". Sales of these games were satisfactory, to be sure, though perhaps the studio would rather seek stability once and for all instead of having to seek funding each and every time with a different publisher.

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

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When reached for comment, both Microsoft and Obsidian refused to comment on rumors or speculation. Microsoft's gaming division has recently come under new leadership, and the company has doubled down on its focus on interactive entertainment.

Neither Microsoft nor Obsidian are commenting about the potential acquisition at this time. This year alone, it has acquired Playground, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, and Compulsion. Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft. "People want to play great games on our platform".

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A person familiar with goings-on at Microsoft said the company has been looking to bolster its PC development, which makes the PC-focused Obsidian a flawless fit. The RPG-company were to make a launch exclusive, Stormlands, for the Xbox One but it wasn't to be with a large amount of company intrusion before an eventual cancellation.

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