After snapping up Playground Games and four other gaming studios earlier this year, Microsoft does not quite seem finished with acquiring independent development studios before 2018 ends. The software giant is reportedly in the final stages of striking a deal to purchase Obsidian Entertainment.
Obsidian is, of course, the team behind popular role-playing games such as Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, and more recently, famous crowdfunded RPG, Pillars of Eternity. Citing sources privy to the deal, Kotaku reports the negotiations are nearly complete and that it is only a matter of time before both companies reach an agreement.
If the rumors are true, Microsoft's move to buy PC-focused Obsidian will be seen as part of its efforts to bolster the company's efforts to develop games for PCs, according to a source familiar with the Redmond giant's plan. It remains unclear how much Microsoft will be paying Obsidian, though.
The news might come as a bit of a surprise to some as Obsidian has not had a good history with the software giant. Back in 2012, Microsoft reportedly canceled an RPG developed by Obsidian for the Xbox One prior to the console's release. The withdrawal allegedly forced the developer to lay off as many as 30 of its team members. It will be interesting to see how the two companies will work together, provided the acquisition succeeds, given their previous disagreements.