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Microsoft Is Reportedly Close To Buying Obsidian Entertainment

New reports indicate that Microsoft is "90%" finished with completing a deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment, an independent game developer known for creating Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.

Microsoft has been on a spending spree recently and it appears that is not going to stop any time soon.

The technology giant recently bought five game studios and companies, and it appears they are close to acquiring yet another, Obsidian Entertainment, according to a reports by GamesIndustry.biz and Kotaku respectively. Obsidian is known for developing RPGs like Fallout: New VegasTyranny, and Pillars of Eternity.

Obsidian Entertainment has had a hand in a number of major games, including Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.
Obsidian Entertainment has had a hand in a number of major games, including Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.

According to Kotaku sources, the deal is “90%” complete, and at this point “It’s a matter of when, not if.”

Obsidian announced late last year that they are working on a new game, which is rumored to be called The Outer Worlds.

Obsidian had announced previously that Private Division would distribute The Outer Worlds. The publisher would not comment of the upcoming deal between Obsidian and Microsoft, but said that “We look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game.”

The other companies that Microsoft recently purchased include Mojang, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory. Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer told CNET, “I've been explicit that we needed to up our investment in our first-party studios, and at E3 we announced the addition of five new studios. I don't think we're done. People want to play great games on our platform.”

Phil Spencer has had a huge hand in bringing a lot of developers under the Microsoft brand. (Image by Xbox)
Phil Spencer has had a huge hand in bringing a lot of developers under the Microsoft brand. (Image by Xbox)

Of Microsoft’s major moves in purchasing studios and smaller developers, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said, “They have been going after quantity at relatively low prices, so are likely going to keep chasing $100 million-sized deals.”

Meanwhile, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty said that Microsoft is looking for studios with 50 to 100 people that create games every few years, as reported by gamesindustry.biz. One of the reasons why Microsoft is looking to acquire so many companies is to create content for its Game Pass, which is a subscription service that allows players to play games that are owned by Xbox online. Obsidian’s next game, and all future games, may very well be a part of the subscription’s offering if the deal goes through. Microsoft has also expressed interest in expanding its development of PC games, at which Obsidian excels.

Obsidian and Microsoft have worked together before, but not successfully. Obsidian was developing an Xbox-exclusive game titled Stormlands, but discussions broke down and Microsoft cancelled the game back in 2012. However, Xbox is now under new leadership with Phil Spencer now the head of game development. His desire to purchase smaller companies to build up their collection of content likely caused him to put any bad blood that existed between the two companies behind them.

As the apparent purchase of Obsidian looms, it will remain to be seen if their success can continue under the apparent umbrella of Microsoft.

Read more about Microsoft’s attempt to increase their single-player games and compete with Sony back at E3 2018.

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