Microsoft Reportedly Close To Purchasing New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment

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According to Kotaku, Microsoft is in the process of closing a deal to purchase the Fallout: New Vegas developer, adding to the growing list of studios it's hoovering up.

The Irvine, California-based studio has always been beloved by RPG fans, but has often faced financial strains, almost going out of business in 2012 before it signed a deal for an online tank game and launched a Kickstarter for the isometric throwback that would become Pillars of Eternity. A source speaking to the video-game website stated that the deal was "90%" done. I will be sure to update you on any confirmation to whether Obsidian is officially going to be acquired by Microsoft. Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3". "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up,"an Obsidian spokesperson told Kotaku".

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That statement seems to suggest this deal will not alter Obsidian's agreement with Private Label, but it may impact which systems the untitled Obsidian project is released for. 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.

Obsidian's last game as an independent developer? The RPG-company were to make a launch exclusive, Stormlands, for the Xbox One but it wasn't to be with a large amount of company intrusion before an eventual cancellation.

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