Electronic Arts Take-Two Deadline Covered by Epic Deal

EA and Epic studio make friends

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Electronic Arts Take-Two Deadline Covered by Epic Deal
So, Electronic Arts deadline for Take-Two stockholders to sell up at $25.74 (12.50) expires at midnight tonight (New York time). Everything has been hushed. Take-Two has appointed a new chief operating officer in one Gary Dale but that's really been about it.

Electronic Arts has remained largely quiet on the Take-Two deal - or non-deal as it's looking - instead, on the eve of the Take-Two deadline, it's announced new partnerships with Epic Games via its People Can Fly studio - which helped out a bit with Gears of War and with Goichi Suda's Grasshopper Manufacture (No More Heroes).

Good timing by EA? Or just Plan B in the event that the Take-Two acquisition dies a death?

Let's hear what Epic's VP, Mark Rein has to say (which isn't as interesting as our recent interview with him). Sadly, Mark slides immediately into our least favourite slab of CorproBollox, "Epic is excited to work with EA Partners to launch our next big IP on the global stage.

"EA Partners gives independent developers like Epic the muscle of a global publisher like EA, along with the focus and flexibility of a smaller team committed to working with our individual needs."

Come on, there is no way Mark Rein actually said that - we're putting that firmly into the "written by lawyers and PR people" bin.

So, what of Suda and his producer colleague, Shinji Mikami? At least they were talking in an interview with Wired. Here's what the Suda had to say, "We came to EA last year and presented two ideas, actually, this one and one other (unstated projects). This one was our priority, and the other one was just something we wanted to show off. They decided immediately that they liked one of them, and that they didn't need the other. Most companies don't do that, they take their time and get back to you. But the thinking and the style of their work was great. They showed a big interest in this idea, and that's why we ended up working together."

Mikami has a more producer-like take on the matter saying that moving publishing funding to the gajin at EA is a good idea, "Because there were no publishers in Japan willing to put up the money for this big a project."

Yes, indeedy, Japanese publishers are too tight to pay the kind of money that EA will.

We await the Take-Two deadline extension or an agreement between Electronic Arts and Take-Two to 'move forward independently' within the next 48 hours.


Sources:
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Wired

Comments

SuperSaiyan4 18 Aug 2008 12:23
1/5
I think I might stop gaming at this rate, I seriously hate EA soo much they suck at making games and f**k other developers games up as well.

Its a shame because I know some developers that are now owned by EA like Bioware will still apparently work independantly with titles like Mass Effect series and the like but with EA hanging over them I can't help but feel EA will screw up the games especially when that evil EA logo hits you in the face when you put the disc in and it loads up.

I think Microsoft Game Studios needs to aquire these companies instead, with EPIC and Rockstar under MGS that would be very good indeed.
OptimusP 18 Aug 2008 14:03
2/5
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:

I think Microsoft Game Studios needs to aquire these companies instead, with EPIC and Rockstar under MGS that would be very good indeed.


So these companies can be screwed by MS and after two years half of all the good people leave to be replaced by three times the number of idiots and turning their games in even more of a casual deal then they are now? Well, Epic doesn't actually make games anymore, more tech-demo's so they can sell their engines(The Crysis team is in the same boat in that regard.). How is that in anyway very good?

You want the videogame industry to die don't you...



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Twoozle 18 Aug 2008 14:05
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SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
I think I might stop gaming at this rate, I seriously hate EA soo much...


Mmmm....

SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
I think Microsoft Game Studios needs to aquire these companies instead, with EPIC and Rockstar under MGS that would be very good indeed.


Ahhh... for a moment there you were scaring me with your giving up chat. but then all SS4 logic comes to-gether once again with the idea that Microsoft is nicer and less corporate than EA.

Love ya tabitz SS4 - never give up!
SuperSaiyan4 18 Aug 2008 16:14
4/5
OptimusP wrote:
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:

I think Microsoft Game Studios needs to aquire these companies instead, with EPIC and Rockstar under MGS that would be very good indeed.


So these companies can be screwed by MS and after two years half of all the good people leave to be replaced by three times the number of idiots and turning their games in even more of a casual deal then they are now? Well, Epic doesn't actually make games anymore, more tech-demo's so they can sell their engines(The Crysis team is in the same boat in that regard.). How is that in anyway very good?

You want the videogame industry to die don't you...





Microsoft have Lionhead and Rare they need more in order to get better exlusives.
OptimusP 18 Aug 2008 18:49
5/5
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
OptimusP wrote:
SuperSaiyan4 wrote:

I think Microsoft Game Studios needs to aquire these companies instead, with EPIC and Rockstar under MGS that would be very good indeed.


So these companies can be screwed by MS and after two years half of all the good people leave to be replaced by three times the number of idiots and turning their games in even more of a casual deal then they are now? Well, Epic doesn't actually make games anymore, more tech-demo's so they can sell their engines(The Crysis team is in the same boat in that regard.). How is that in anyway very good?

You want the videogame industry to die don't you...


Microsoft have Lionhead and Rare they need more in order to get better exlusives.

Look at that, SSJ4 is actually proving my point of how MS are actually destroying every company they buy...well except Epic...they destroyed themselves allready and would be a great tool in MS arsenal to keep waging this pointless HD-arms race.
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