Neither Microsoft nor Obsidian are commenting about the potential acquisition at this time.
A report by Kotaku suggests that Microsoft is trying to acquire developer Obsidian.
Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity was crowdfunded through Kickstarter. A source speaking to the video-game website stated that the deal was "90%" done.
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. 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.
"While it is our policy not to comment on rumours or speculation, we look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game", said a representative for Private Division. Old school fans may remember a certain iconic Star Wars RPG, Knights of The Old Republic II which dropped in 2005 and is still revered as a cult classic. One of the studio's highlights was the 2015 release Pillars of Eternity, which was highly praised and followed by a sequel in 2018.
After announcing the acquisition of four game studios including Forza Horizon 4 developer Playground Games this year, Microsoft could add a fifth one to its belt, according to Kotaku. The rumored deal would also be considerably favorable for Obsidian, which has struggled with financial issues in the past.