Microsoft is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to purchase indie RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment based on three anonymous sources who spoke to Kotaku. Working under Microsoft would ensure that the studio's projects would have ample funding, as the it has faced closure before in 2012.
One compelling argument for the sale is that being owned by a company with deep pockets will offer Obsidian stability and resources the likes of which it has never had before.
In late 2017, Obsidian announced that it was developing a new RPG that would be published by Private Division, a label of 2K Games created to fund mid-sized games. "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up", said a spokesperson from Obsidian.
When questioned for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation". It seems that Obsidian Entertainment might make that six soon. 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. 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.
Microsoft may not have that many great titles on the Xbox One when compared to the library of games on the PS4, but when given time to acquire developers of different genres the company could have quite an arsenal of future releases to fire back at the giant of Sony.