Microsoft in talks to buy Fallout: New Vegas studio Obsidian Entertainment

CREDIT Obsidian Entertainment

CREDIT Obsidian Entertainment

Sources close to Microsoft and Obsidian Entertainment have revealed that Microsoft allegedly is in the midst of finalizing a deal to acquire the independent developer, which is "90%" finished. Said a second person: "It's a matter of when, not if". Sales of these games were satisfactory, to be sure, though perhaps the studio would rather seek stability once and for all instead of having to seek funding each and every time with a different publisher.

In late 2017, Obsidian announced that it was developing a new RPG that would be published by Private Division, a label of 2K Games created to fund mid-sized games. Hilariously, Obsidian stated that "we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". A much more serious statement came from a Microsoft spokesperson, saying that "We do not comment on rumors or speculation". The companies did not say anything about which consoles the RPG will be available on, and it isn't clear how this sale will affect that game.

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In case you're wondering, this would be a major acquisition by Microsoft and possibly the company's biggest acquisition since they announced they had acquired Ninja Theory.

Despite the apparent inevitability of the deal the two companies have a storied history and when Microsoft cancelled Xbox exclusive role-playing game Stormlands in 2012 Obsidian nearly went bust. In 2014, It also purchased Mojang, the studio behind the wildly successful Minecraft, and has since formed a new development studio called The Initiative. It seems that Obsidian Entertainment might make that six soon.

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