Which makes me wonder why Obsidian felt they couldn't hold out any longer.
Im obv speculating, but my gut tells me it could be something as simple as: owners arent getting any younger. they want to cash out and spend their 50s in a lower gear watching their kids grow up - furnished with a big lump sum of money that will see them nicely through to retirement in 10 yrs time.
i work at a big firm thats done its fair share of acquisitions. one of the former owners of a company they bought is living the life o'reilly. hes chilling out in a cushy role that he negotiated as part of his terms for selling. i dont know how happy he was prior to selling his firm, but hes deffo happy now.
I've said the same earlier in the thread, even if they owner's did have an exit strategy in mind for all I know that could have still be 5 years out. Which is why I'm also curious how much this has to do with Deadfire's performance and the gap until they release their other projects, and the need to obtain funding for any recently freed up teams.