Kotaku is reporting that inside sources have told them that Microsoft is finalizing a buy out of Obsidian Entertainment. The studio was saved from closure, however, by the success of its crowdfunded project "Pillars of Eternity" in 2015, which raised almost $4 million. One of the people that are near the negotiations said that the deal was at the "90 per cent" completion margin, and that "it's a matter of when, not if". "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". I will be sure to update you on any confirmation to whether Obsidian is officially going to be acquired by Microsoft. As mentioned above, Sony clearly is on the winning side when it comes to better titles on their platform, but what if Microsoft can swing the market with some strong RPG releases?
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.
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"While it is our policy not to comment on rumours 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", said a representative for Private Division.
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 ideal fit.