Kotaku just posted this up, pretty wild but it'd be a good acquisition for Microsoft.
Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is all but done.
One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they’d heard it was “90%” finished. Said a second person: “It’s a matter of when, not if.”
I know Microsoft is working towards acquiring and building out their first party efforts. I imagine with more money they'd be able to do far more than in the past too.