Microsoft Looking To Acquire Obsidian Entertainment
Microsoft made a couple big power moves this year and bought up a whole bunch of studios to make a concentrated effort on developing new first-party titles. With acquisitions such as Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and Undead Labs it seems that Xbox fans have a lot to look forward to in terms of exclusive games in the coming years. But it sounds like Microsoft hasn’t finished this studio shopping-spree. According to reports a reliable source, Microsoft is looking to buy up famed RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment.
The news comes from a source close to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier who told him that the deal is “90%” close to being closed and that “It’s a matter of when, not if.” Obsidian is known for landmark RPG titles such as Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, and the recently successful Pillars of Eternity series. If this information is accurate, it really sounds like Microsoft is really focusing on big single-player narrative-driven experiences that we see on the PlayStation 4. Phil Spencer already announced back at E3 that Microsoft’s new Santa Monica studio, The Initiative, would be made up of talent with experience in story driven games.
Is Microsoft doubling down on big single-player games? It’s a lot of speculation at this point but given the experience these recruited teams have, it’s a fair prediction to make at this point. Representatives from Obsidian and Microsoft have offered no comments on these stories, but one interesting wrinkle comes from the fact that Obsidian has an RPG in development with 2K Games studio Private Division.
It’s unknown at this point if this game would become an Xbox exclusive because of the deal, but you can be sure that we’ll let you know as soon as we do. Are you excited about Obsidian developing new games or taking on existing IP with Microsoft? Be sure to let us know on Twitter and check out some other big news from around the gaming world with these other stories from Don’t Feed The Gamers:
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