According to a new report published by Kotaku, Microsoft is in the process of acquiring famous RPG developer Obsidian.
According to two unnamed sources in the report, the deal is in the final stages of completion, with one source noting it was “90%” finished, and a second source noted, “It’s a matter of when, not if.”
Obsidian – who is perhaps best known for its work on South Park: The Stick of Truth, Knights of the Old Republic II and Fallout: New Vegas has been independent since it was first established in 2003.
But as we’re seeing Microsoft buy studios like Undead Labs, Ninja Theory and more, Obsidian’s indie days could soon be over. The developer almost went out of business in 2012, but was saved on the brink by other deals and its Kickstarted Pillars of Eternity.
This acquisition could be bad news for Sony fans though: Obsidian is known for producing PC and multi-platform games, and being taken over by Microsoft could undermine that.
“We do not comment on rumors or speculation,” said a Microsoft spokesperson when questioned about the deal by Kotaku.
“Unfortunately, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up,” an Obsidian spokesperson responded* when asked about the report, with the studio’s typical humour firmly in place.
Obsidian’s current project – as far as we know – is a new RPG developed in partnership with 2K Games and its subsidiary, Private Division.
“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,” said a representative for Private Division – suggesting that Microsoft hasn’t purchased the contract or rights to that specific project at the current time.
*NB: Obsidian isn’t wrong about Rumours, it’s still a certified banger.
If the deal does prove to be true – and does actually go ahead – it’ll see a reversal of fortunes for the two companies.
Back in 2012, as per the Kotaku report, Microsoft canceled an Obsidian-developed title amid concerns about the relationship between the two companies.
We’ll be intrigued to see what happens with the company moving forward – is this the start of Microsoft committing to more to a PC-centric audience? It could be.