Report: Microsoft Closing in on Acquiring Famed RPG Developer Obsidian

By Mark Delaney, 2 months ago
Kotaku's usually reliable Jason Schreier is reporting today that the much whispered about Obsidian acquisition by Microsoft is being finalized. Three sources with knowledge of the negotiations have informed Kotaku that the deal is nearly sealed, "90%" done according to one source and "a matter of when, not if,” says another.

Kotaku stresses that they don't know if ink is on paper yet and as anyone would know, a not yet finalized deal still leaves room for a broken deal, but typically when Schreier reports on something like this, it's not to be taken lightly. Rumors have pointed to such a deal being worked on for some time and this report follows a busy year for Microsoft that already saw them acquire four studios and open a fifth.

Fallout: New Vegas

Obsidian's financial troubles have been highly publicized, with the company nearly going broke back in 2012 before finding its footing with a few new projects such as Pillars of Eternity and the South Park series of RPGs. The studio is also famously responsible for Fallout: New Vegas.

Should the deal be both real and finalized, it may be something the Xbox team saves (or at least planned to saved) for their upcoming showcase event, XO18. Naturally, both Microsoft and Obsidian declined to provide comment. We'll keep you updated as the story develops.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is the host of the community game club TA Playlist. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his family. He almost never writes in the third person.