Rumor: Obsidian Entertainment Might Be Acquired by Microsoft

A rumor surfaced yesterday, after a discussion started on an online forum meant for news regarding Microsoft studios. Members of the forum affirmed that a letter of Intent has surfaced whereby an acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment by Microsoft might be underway.

Obsidian built its reputation making sequels in well-established franchises including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, Fallout, and Dungeon Siege. Urquhart has stated that the company is fine with developing sequels, as they are often fun to make since the studio can “get to go play in someone else’s world” and further explore and expand upon the original games’ ideas. The studio also believes that such licensed projects are easier to develop.

“However, in the possibility that the news does become true, it will be a remarkable event whereby a small-time studio will be acquired by a big corporation which will then, in turn, open endless new possibilities as more resources and an increased amount of staff would empower Obsidian to work on a plethora of new and challenging titles.

It has been known that Obsidian Entertainment garner great storytelling abilities with their games but the technical side of things often becomes a hurdle with the acquisition and a possible transformation into a tripple-A studio, all kinds of new opportunities will appear.”

Obsidian Entertainment, Inc. is an independent American video game developer whose corporate headquarters are located in Irvine, California. It was founded in 2003 shortly before the closure of Black Isle Studios by ex-Black Isle employees Feargus Urquhart, Chris Avellone, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, and Chris Jones.

Although they have created original intellectual property, many of their games are sequels based on licensed properties. Early projects include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2, both sequels to BioWare-developed games. The team then developed their first original game, Alpha Protocol, in 2010. It was met with generally mixed reviews. Other notable works from Obsidian include Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege III, and South Park: The Stick of Truth, all also licensed properties.

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