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Obsidian Entertainment - known in recent years for titles like Grounded, The Outer Worlds - recently revealed the studio was approached by another publisher, prior to joining Microsoft.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Obsidian's studio head, Feargus Urquhart, revealed how "another major publisher" proposed the acquisition.

"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'..."

Urquhart went on to explain how this publisher wanted to acquire Obsidian and move staff across to their own game, which they were apparently struggling to hire people for. In the end Obsidian declined the offer, with the studio head stating how a deal like this has to be the right "cultural fit" and needs to have people with who you can "sit down and have a beer with".

In the end, Obsidian was obviously acquired by Microsoft in 2018 - and the team is now hard at work on The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed. Microsoft's Bethesda acquisition has also got many fans excited about Obsidian perhaps one day returning to the Fallout series. It previously released Fallout: New Vegas on Xbox 360 in 2010.

Are you glad Obisdian signed on with Microsoft in the end? What do you think of its recent releases? Looking forward to Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2? Leave a comment down below.

[source youtu.be, via gamesradar.com]