It appears Microsoft is looking to buy out Obsidian Entertainment, if a report from Kotaku is accurate. The studio was saved from closure, however, by the success of its crowdfunded project "Pillars of Eternity" in 2015, which raised almost $4 million.
Sources told Kotaku that the deal is "a matter of when not if" and is very close to being made public. Little else is known at this stage, and nothing's been confirmed by either side as of yet, however, both Obsidian and Microsoft have commented on the matter.
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. "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up", said a spokesperson from Obsidian. The company is now working on a new RPG that still has no release date. A much more serious statement came from a Microsoft spokesperson, saying that "We do not comment on rumors or speculation".
In case you're wondering, this would be a major acquisition by Microsoft and possibly the company's biggest acquisition since they announced they had acquired Ninja Theory. Behind the scenes Microsoft is picking up some quite formidable game development studios to battle the goliath of Sony. "People want to play great games on our platform". Before the release of the Xbox One, Obsidian was working on an Xbox-exclusive role-playing game, published by Microsoft, called Stormlands.
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