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Microsoft may be purchasing Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian

10 October 2018

Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment, according to a Kotaku report citing "three people briefed on the negotiations".

So it looks as though we'll have to wait and see whether the buyout is actually something that's happening, but in the meantime, we can listen back to Rumors to see whether it really does still hold up. Microsoft's gaming division has recently come under new leadership, and the company has doubled down on its focus on interactive entertainment. The companies did not say anything about which consoles the RPG will be available on, and it isn't clear how this sale will affect that game.

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At one point Obsidian was developing an Xbox-exclusive RPG, but differences in vision led to a falling out and the shuttering of the project. 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.

A person familiar with goings-on at Microsoft said the company has been looking to bolster its PC development, which makes the PC-focused Obsidian a flawless fit.

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

Obsidian and Microsoft have a checkered history.

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

Microsoft may be purchasing Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian