Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Microsoft Reportedly Close to Buying Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft Reportedly Close to Buying Obsidian Entertainment

According to website Kotaku a deal is '90%' done and it's now a matter of, 'when, not if.' If that's true Microsoft already has a media event planned for November, which seems a likely time to announce the team-up.

While it is uncertain if the ink is on the paper, Kotaku reports that "those close to the companies believe it is all but done". The deal is "90 percent" done, their source told them. A second person said, "It's a matter of when, not if". That representative stated that "While it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation, we look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game". Microsoft's gaming division has recently come under new leadership, and the company has doubled down on its focus on interactive entertainment.

By grabbing a studio like Obsidian, Microsoft would be expanding its game-related portfolio of companies, and it would offer a new option for developing future Xbox and PC titles, especially those in the RPG genre.

Despite the apparent inevitability of the deal the two companies have a storied history and when Microsoft cancelled Xbox exclusive role-playing game Stormlands in 2012 Obsidian nearly went bust. This year alone, it has acquired Playground, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, and Compulsion. "People want to play great games on our platform". 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. And the move appears to make sense for both parties.

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