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According to Kotaku, Microsoft is in the process of closing a deal to purchase the Fallout: New Vegas developer, adding to the growing list of studios it's hoovering up.

Sources told Kotaku that the deal is "a matter of when not if" and is very close to being made public.

Dad jokes aside, this deal would mean that we could see Obsidian working on major franchises once more thanks to Microsoft's backing. Clearly, this would provide the studio with some stability and heaps of resources from one of the "Big 3".

Similarly, an Obsidian spokesperson said, "Unfortunately, we don't comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up". If Microsoft goes ahead and buys the California-based RPG specialists then the latter will join other video-game companies that have been snapped up by the tech giant.

This would be a huge move for the company behind Xbox, which has been on a shopping spree this year, snapping up four game studios including Playground (Forza Horizon) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade). It seems that Obsidian Entertainment might make that six soon.

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Obsidian's relationship with Microsoft doesn't leave much in the way of company friendship.

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.

One source supposedly commented that Microsoft wants to increase development of PC software, making Obsidian a prime candidate for acquisition.

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


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