Microsoft may be purchasing Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian

Laverne Mann
October 11, 2018

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. Some of the sources close to the deal say that the announcement is just a matter of "when, not if". Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3".

In late 2017, Obsidian announced that it was developing a new RPG that would be published by Private Division, a label of 2K Games created to fund mid-sized games. Hilariously, Obsidian stated that "we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up".

Obsidian Entertainment has been in operation since 2003 and rose out of the ashes of Black Isle Studios, a company that had been involved in both the Fallout and Baldur's Gate series. As recently as June of this year, executives at Microsoft went on a spending spree and acquired Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and Playground Games.

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If the rumors are true, it would mean that one of the most well-respected RPG developers would come under the banner of Microsoft. Tense disagreements between the two companies led Microsoft to cancel the game in 2012, and to some involved it was hard to imagine the pair working together again. Obsidian games are also known to be often riddled with bugs at launch and perhaps Microsoft's Quality Assurance department can lend a hand with that particular issue.

The Xbox department is under different leadership now, however, with Phil Spencer taking the top role in early 2014.

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