Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Microsoft Looking to Buy ‘Pillars of Eternity’ Dev Obsidian

Rumor: Microsoft to Acquire 'Fallout: New Vegas' Developer Obsidian Entertainment Microsoft Reportedly Close to Buying Obsidian Entertainment
Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 15:24

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. Obsidian has been behind titles such as Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.

Neither Microsoft nor Obsidian Entertainment has commented on the tasty tidbit other than an Obsidian rep saying, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". The company is now working on a new RPG that still has no release date.

This would be a huge move for the company behind Xbox, which has been on a shopping spree this year, snapping up four game studios including Playground (Forza Horizon) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade). Obsidian became noted for work on role-playing games, including Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Neverwinter Nights 2, Dungeon Siege III, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. That's why it had to turn to Kickstarter to fund their Pillars of Eternity IP and its sequel.

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At one point Obsidian was developing an Xbox-exclusive RPG, but differences in vision led to a falling out and the shuttering of the project.

Continuing the no comment game is a representative from Private Division; a 2K Games label that was reportedly set to publish an upcoming Obsidian project. The rumored deal would also be considerably favorable for Obsidian, which has struggled with financial issues in the past.

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