Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Microsoft is close to acquiring "Pillars of Eternity" studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to a report by Kotaku.

The Irvine, California-based studio has always been beloved by RPG fans, but has often faced financial strains, almost going out of business in 2012 before it signed a deal for an online tank game and launched a Kickstarter for the isometric throwback that would become Pillars of Eternity. Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3".

Microsoft recently bolstered its first-party offerings with the acquisition of five new studios, including "State of Decay" developer Undead Labs, "Forza Horizon" developer Playground Games, "We Happy Few" studio Compulsion Games, "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" studio Ninja Theory, and brand-new studio The Initiative. If Microsoft goes ahead and buys the California-based RPG specialists then the latter will join other video-game companies that have been snapped up by the tech giant.

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"We do not comment on rumours or speculation", said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Obsidian Entertainment has been in operation since 2003 and rose out of the ashes of Black Isle Studios, a company that had been involved in both the Fallout and Baldur's Gate series. "People want to play great games on our platform".

Obsidian's relationship with Microsoft doesn't leave much in the way of company friendship. Before the release of the Xbox One, Obsidian was working on an Xbox-exclusive role-playing game, published by Microsoft, called Stormlands.

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