Kotaku report: Microsoft finalizing Obsidian Entertainment acquisition deal

Kotaku report: Microsoft finalizing Obsidian Entertainment acquisition deal

A report by Kotaku suggests that Microsoft is trying to acquire developer Obsidian.

Sources close to the matter speaking with Kotaku said the deal is "90%" finished. I will be sure to update you on any confirmation to whether Obsidian is officially going to be acquired by Microsoft.

One compelling argument for the sale is that being owned by a company with deep pockets will offer Obsidian stability and resources the likes of which it has never had before.

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"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. 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. If Obsidian is to join the likes of Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, 343 industries, Mojang, The Coalition and The Initiative - Microsoft will have a very strong lineup to take on Sony and Nintendo.

If the rumors are true, it would mean that one of the most well-respected RPG developers would come under the banner of Microsoft. A series of cancelled projects reportedly led to major financial troubles in 2012. Behind the scenes Microsoft is picking up some quite formidable game development studios to battle the goliath of Sony.

The Xbox department is under different leadership now, however, with Phil Spencer taking the top role in early 2014.

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