Rumor: Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian Entertainment

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The makers of Knights Of The Old Republic II and Pillars Of Eternity could soon belong to Microsoft, if the latest rumours are true.

Both Microsoft and Obsidian Entertainment have declined to comment on the matter.

According to Kotaku, three people that have been "briefed on the negotiations" have said that Microsoft is now finalizing the deal between the two companies.

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The Irvine, California-based studio has always been beloved by RPG fans, but has often faced financial strains, almost going out of business in 2012 before it signed a deal for an online tank game and launched a Kickstarter for the isometric throwback that would become Pillars of Eternity. Microsoft has acquired a number of video-game studios over the last few years, including paying US$2.5 billion to take over Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, in 2014.

In Kotaku's report, they say that a source close to the deal has stated that it is "90% finished..."

Microsoft announced various other studio acquisitions at E3 2018, such as Ninja Theory, The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, and Compulsion Games.

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"While it is our policy not to comment on rumours or speculation, we look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game", said a representative for Private Division.

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. 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.

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