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
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.