Microsoft is on the verge of finalizing a deal to acquire Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment, according to a recent report.
An anonymous source told Kotaku that the acquisition was a matter of “when, not if,” and another said that it was more or less a sure thing.
Both Microsoft and Obsidian refused to comment on these rumors.
If true, that would make Obsidian the sixth studio this year that Microsoft has either acquired or launched to make first-party exclusive titles, along with Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, and a new studio called The Initiative, headed by former Crystal Dynamics chief Darrell Gallagher. Obsidian would be the first studio Microsoft acquired that’s best known for its work on big-name RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the Pillars of Eternity series.
Obsidian previously worked with Microsoft on a planned Xbox-exclusive RPG called Stormlands, but it was cancelled in 2012.
The New Vegas developer is still working on an RPG for publisher Private Division, a subsidiary of 2K Games. According to a Private representative, the company looks “forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game.” In other words, it sounds like it’s still happening as planned.
One thing that Xbox has been lacking is first-party RPGs. Playground Games is rumored to be working on the next mainline Fable game, but that’s still just speculation. To get a well-known RPG developer on its roster of studios would signal that Microsoft is looking to cover every genre with its first-party development efforts.