In a recent report by Kotaku, Microsoft may be finalizing a deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment, creators of Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II. Multiple persons who have reportedly been briefed on the negotiation had mentioned to Kotaku that the meetings were taking place and that it’s “a matter of when, not if.”
Responding to these rumors, a Microsoft PR representative stated “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”
While rumors of purchases and acquisitions are standard fare in the gaming industry, the recent history of both companies offer more credence to this report. Microsoft Studios announced their acquisition of four existing studios at E3 2018, in a new business strategy setting up for the next generation. While this is likely a large investment, Microsoft Studios’ head Matt Booty affirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that they are still looking for more acquisitions.
With Microsoft shopping around for more studios, Obsidian hasn’t been quiet on that front either. Ever since the cancellation of Stormlands, an Xbox-exclusive RPG that was rumored to be a premier RPG for the then-upcoming Xbox One, Obsidian has had notable financing issues.
To reduce the point, Microsoft is looking to pick up studios which fill a niche their exclusive lineup is missing and Obsidian is looking for financiers to back their projects, while not totally objecting to the idea of an acquisition.
One thing’s for sure, if this is true, Microsoft Studios is continuing to bolster what will likely be a strong list of first-party games for the next generation.