According to a report published less than an hour ago by Kotaku, Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian Entertainment. Sales of these games were satisfactory, to be sure, though perhaps the studio would rather seek stability once and for all instead of having to seek funding each and every time with a different publisher.
Dad jokes aside, this deal would mean that we could see Obsidian working on major franchises once more thanks to Microsoft's backing.
A Microsoft person told Kotaku that 'We do not comment on rumors or speculation.' Standard. "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". The companies did not say anything about which consoles the RPG will be available on, and it isn't clear how this sale will affect that game. It seems that Obsidian Entertainment might make that six soon. Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft.
A person familiar with goings-on at Microsoft said the company has been looking to bolster its PC development, which makes the PC-focused Obsidian a ideal fit.
There is no doubt about Sony having the majority of incredible game titles for their PS4 platform, but contrary to popular belief that may not be the case in the future years to come.
Microsoft recently bolstered its first-party offerings with the acquisition of five new studios, including "State of Decay" developer Undead Labs, "Forza Horizon" developer Playground Games, "We Happy Few" studio Compulsion Games, "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" studio Ninja Theory, and brand-new studio The Initiative.
Obsidian and Microsoft have a checkered history.