Electronic Arts: We'd Make GTA Without Rockstar

Everyday somebody walks in and somebody walks out.

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Electronic Arts' CEO, John Riccitiello, has told the BBC that it wouldn't matter to EA if Rockstar decided not to make any more Grand Theft Auto titles after GTA IV.

He implies that in the event of a successful merger-cum-take-over, if members of the Rockstar team decided not to join EA, Riccitiello's company would continue to make the games.

According to the Beeb, Riccitiello would have "no fear that the value EA placed on Take Two could be damaged if the trio of Rockstar creators decided not to pursue further Grand Theft Auto titles after the latest release".

He is quoted as saying, "There is no doubt that EA is several times larger than Take Two - everyday somebody walks in and somebody walks out.

"If the wrong guy walks out, we have an issue to deal with. But we don't stop making games."

That said, the man at the top of the world's biggest games publisher (at least until the Activision/Vivendi/Blizzard deal is ratified) also pointed out that the proposed deal wasn't looking to exclude Rockstar's "young, vibrant... talented and committed" leadership.

"...what we have got right now is a corporate issue that has nothing to do with the people who build these games", said Riccitiello. Exactly how anyone can exclude the people who work for a corporation from a corporate issue is a feat of compartmentalisation that SPOnG can only look admiringly at.

The EA bossman was also helpful enough to tell the BBC's Darren Waters how to write his story, "The big headline here is that our primary interest is in Rockstar and the intellectual properties around Rockstar", said Riccitiello.

Now, what doesn't appear to have been noticed in all of this is sound of Activision Blizzard heading towards a final ratification of its merger. This would create a company with as much, if not more, weight to throw around as Electronic Arts. The merger is due to be "completed in the first half of calendar year 2008" - adding just one more piece of stimuli to EA's desire to snap up Rockstar as well as BioShock creator, Irrational.

You can read the full interview on the BBC's website.

Before doing so, however, the following event-line might come in useful.

1) Take-Two's date for a response to EA's bid = March 27th.

2) EA's date for final agreement on its tender for Take-Two = April 11th (unless extended)

3) Launch date of GTA IV = April 29th.

4) Original date in which Take-Two said it would initialise talks with EA = April 30th.

5) Activision and Vivendi Games to merge into Activision Blizzard - first half of 2008.


SuperSaiyan4 14 Mar 2008 11:38
For f**ks sake EA just f**k off!
Anon 14 Mar 2008 11:42
Then let's enjoy the ultimate edition of GTA before EA get their life-decaying hands on the franchise.

Just another nail in the coffin of the games industry. Oh well.
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ghoti 14 Mar 2008 12:28
Is there anyone who thinks EA wouldn't just f**k up GTA?
russ 14 Mar 2008 12:51
Without the majority of it's original creators, GTA would suck. Nowadays, GTA is not the only open world urban sandbox type game....and it's the chemistry behind the scenes that makes the game.

f**k EA.
SuperSaiyan4 14 Mar 2008 12:52
Of course they would here is what would happen:

1) Poor frame rates
2) Rip off downloadable content
3) Sell you half of the game and the rest via download

I cant wait to be able to download this:

New shoes @ 50points

New weapons @ 200points

New car @ 450points

Extra mission 550points

You get the idea...
Svend Joscelyne 14 Mar 2008 13:51
"Oh dear" is all I can say in response to this news.

Oh dear.
Rich 14 Mar 2008 14:09

lol, cum.
Joji 14 Mar 2008 14:24
This is such a debacle. EA have money in their eyes again, above all else. They might think they are doing a good thing if they managed to snatch up Take Two. How wrong they are.

EA themselves recently admited to messing up their previous developer acquisitions, as they suck everything into their maw, kinda like Unicron. It seems the industry is just their buffet for the picking.

Its really sad that they don't see, that by letting smaller devs blossom and find their own way, is they only thing that will keep things fresh and the industry healthy.

As for Take Two, I like the fact that they are the rebels of the industry, ruffling mainstream feathers and creating what they want to do. If EA bag them, I bet all of that spirit of freedom and 'f##k you, we are making this will disappear, replaced with another drone like developer, with EA branded on their arse.

Personality and indiviuality I think counts for something from developers and you do appreciate them more. for it. I like Itagaki's style and shameless liking of breast jiggles, I like Cliffy B because he's a crazy lancer nutter. maybe I'm going of to tangent land.

I hope you get what I'm saying anyway. No one digs being the man.
Daz 14 Mar 2008 21:04
If EA knows what's good for them they'll stay as far away from GTA as possable
deleted 14 Mar 2008 22:30
I for one believe in EA and the GTA franchise would only go from the lacklustre boring run around to an amazing full interactive adventure, Those currently working on GTA series have no imagination and by allowing EA to take this on they would only inject creativity, add value and using a great use of downloadable content only enhance what would be the most amazing GTA that could ever be created,

Donít play GTA 4, as it will be pants compared to what EA will be producing!!

ps, its opposite day!
Daz 15 Mar 2008 11:59
haritori wrote:
ps, its opposite day!

Thank the gods for that, I thought you'd gone insane.
KIllguru 16 Mar 2008 14:11
F**k off EA
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