It seems that Obsidian’s acquisition by Microsoft is swiftly becoming a reality. A Microsoft spokesperson gave comment to Kotaku, saying the deal between the two companies was at “90%” completion, and that “it’s a matter of when, not if.”
Xbox players can rejoice about the news, but what about those of us that hold allegiance strictly to PlayStation? Obsidian is a company that nearly went out of business until its revitalization with Pillars of Eternity through Kickstarter, garnering nearly 4 million dollars, nearly 3 million above the 1.1 million dollar goal. They’ve created timeless classics such as Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, Tyranny, and South Park: Stick of Truth.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was released in 2018 on Steam for both Linux and Mac, yet a port for the PlayStation 4 has yet to come out. The first title in the series was released on the PlayStation 4 on March 26, 2018, and was received fairly well by console players. Obsidian was quite clear that the second game would be distributed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even the Nintendo Switch for the upcoming holidays. Whether this statement remains true in accordance with the Microsoft deal remains to be seen.
Pillars of Eternity aside, it would be a shame for PlayStation owners to have Obsidian’s future titles become Xbox exclusives. But, on a brighter note, it’s nice that a team of developers whom brought us countless hours of entertainment have found job security, right?
How do the rest of you feel about this news? As a PlayStation player, will you be missing Obsidian as much as the rest of us? Let us know in the comments.
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