Microsoft to buy Fallout New Vegas developer Obsidian, claim insiders

Nichole VegaOct 11, 2018

With a ready source of cash, perhaps Obsidian will continue to put out games such as the critically-acclaimed Pillars of Eternity, Knights of the Old Republic and Fallout: New Vegas.

A report by Kotaku suggests that Microsoft is trying to acquire developer Obsidian. One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they heard it was "90 percent" finished.

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. Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3".

When reached for comment, both Microsoft and Obsidian refused to comment on rumors or speculation. If Microsoft goes ahead and buys the California-based RPG specialists then the latter will join other video-game companies that have been snapped up by the tech giant.

That statement seems to suggest this deal will not alter Obsidian's agreement with Private Label, but it may impact which systems the untitled Obsidian project is released for.

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. If Obsidian is to join the likes of Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, 343 industries, Mojang, The Coalition and The Initiative - Microsoft will have a very strong lineup to take on Sony and Nintendo. "People want to play great games on our platform".

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