Microsoft rumored to be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment

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Obsidian is an independent developer known for role-playing games like "Knights of the Old Republic II", "Alpha Protocol", "Fallout: New Vegas", and "South Park: The Stick of Truth".

According to Kotaku, Microsoft is now in the process of buying the Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian to add to their evergrowing list of studios.

Both Obsidian and Microsoft are refusing to comment on the report, citing the usual "refusing to comment on speculation" line, but it is an interesting time given that the team is hard at work on a new RPG with Private Division as the publisher. One of the people that are near the negotiations said that the deal was at the "90 per cent" completion margin, and that "it's a matter of when, not if". 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.

After announcing the acquisition of four game studios including Forza Horizon 4 developer Playground Games this year, Microsoft could add a fifth one to its belt, according to 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.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. Microsoft executive vice president of gaming and head of Xbox Phil Spencer told CNET in August the company isn't done beefing up its portfolio just yet.

There is no doubt about Sony having the majority of unbelievable game titles for their PS4 platform, but contrary to popular belief that may not be the case in the future years to come.

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