Obsidian Entertainment's CEO, Feargus Urquhart, has revealed that the studio rejected an acquisition offer prior to joining Microsoft.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Urquhart mentioned that ‘another major publisher’ approached them for an acquisition deal before they went on to become a Microsoft-owned company. He said:
"We were approached by another major publisher, and I was having lunch (with) one of the main people at the publisher, and they said 'well have you ever thought about being acquired? I said 'yeah, of course,' and then what they ultimately said was 'well we're just having a real hard time hiring people right.”
Obsidian CEO Reveals They Turned Down Previous Acquisition Offer Before Microsoft
Urquhart then continued by revealing this publisher wanted Obsidian's team to work on their existing projects, citing their struggle to hire people. This led Urquhart and the rest of the team to turn down the offer, stating:
"They have to be people you can sit down and have a beer with, and if they're not, well maybe you have to reconsider."
With that offer not being an option, Obsidian was latger acquired by Microsoft in 2018. Since then, the developer's released several titles, including The Outer Worlds and two DLC expansions, survival title Grounded, and they've begun work on an upcoming RPG called Avowed , set in the Pillars of Eternity universe.
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