Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Rumor: Microsoft In Midst Of Finalizing Deal To Acquire Obsidian Entertainment

Rumor: Microsoft In Midst Of Finalizing Deal To Acquire Obsidian Entertainment

Little else is known at this stage, and nothing's been confirmed by either side as of yet, however, both Obsidian and Microsoft have commented on the matter.

According to Kotaku, three people that have been "briefed on the negotiations" have said that Microsoft is now finalizing the deal between the two companies. Obsidian, on the other hand, said: "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". While these deals sometimes fall apart at the last minute, one source told Kotaku that it was merely "a matter of when, not if". 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?

When questioned for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation". As recently as June of this year, executives at Microsoft went on a spending spree and acquired Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and Playground Games. Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft.

Obsidian's relationship with Microsoft doesn't leave much in the way of company friendship. A series of cancelled projects reportedly led to major financial troubles in 2012. "People want to play great games on our platform".

Rumours that Obsidian could become part of the Xbox family have been doing the rounds ever since Microsoft announced the acquisition of five new studios at E3, and hinted they were after more.

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