Microsoft reportedly finalizing deal to acquire RPG gaming maker Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft reportedly finalizing deal to acquire RPG gaming maker Obsidian Entertainment

According to a report published less than an hour ago by Kotaku, Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian Entertainment. One of the people that are near the negotiations said that the deal was at the "90 per cent" completion margin, and that "it's a matter of when, not if".

"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 to Kotaku.

At the moment not much else is known about the supposed buyout with a Microsoft spokesperson saying to Kotaku that they "do not comment on rumours 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.

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That statement seems to suggest this deal will not alter Obsidian's agreement with Private Label, but it may impact which systems the untitled Obsidian project is released for. Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft. Behind the scenes Microsoft is picking up some quite formidable game development studios to battle the goliath of Sony.

If the rumors are true, it would mean that one of the most well-respected RPG developers would come under the banner of Microsoft.

There is no doubt about Sony having the majority of fantastic game titles for their PS4 platform, but contrary to popular belief that may not be the case in the future years to come. And the move appears to make sense for both parties.

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