Monday, February 14, 2011

Activision to buy Take-Two?

Activision Blizzard, the world's largest publisher, is rumoured to be interested in buying its rival Take-Two. Such a move would bring the various Rockstar studios and series like Grand Theft Auto under the same roof as the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft franchises. Activision recently cancelling the most recent instalment of True Crime, a game that is similar to Grand Theft Auto, may be seen as cosying up to Take-Two and its portfolio.

"There are very strong rumours amongst people at a very senior level within the global business," a senior executive told MCV this week. (...) It could be that the killing off of True Crime: Hong Kong, a title that was believed to be almost entirely complete prior to cancellation, is being seen as a possible sacrificial lamb to benefit the fortunes of Grand Theft Auto and is simply fuelling the rumour. (...)

Earlier this week Take-Two reported a seven per cent year-on-year increase in net profit to $40.8m for the quarter ending December 31st 2010. Since Friday February 4th shares in the company have risen 11.6 per cent. Activision has a proven track record of big-money moves, with its 2008 merger with Blizzard proving a resolute success. It's also not afraid to shut under performing developers and, conversely, plough seemingly endless resources into projects in which it has confidence.

In 2008, Electronic Arts attempted such a buy-out which Take-Two successfully fended off. But new stakeholders are thought to be more open to the idea of selling the publisher. MCV points out, though, that the contracts for the key developers within the Rockstar studios will expire in 2012, unless they are renewed. This includes the Houser brothers, creators of the GTA franchise.

36 comments:

jerry said...

If this happens I really doubt Rockstar will renew their contract with Take-Two. I'm not a huge fan of rockstar games but they're quality works and they aren't released on an annual basis.

That's what Activision's business model revolves around. They drove guitar hero into the ground and they also gave up the rights to GhostBusters because it isn't annualizable, it was probably the same case with Brutal Legend and why they chose not to publish it.

I'm tired of seeing Activision making money hand over fist and how they shut down fledgling studios that don't hit a homerun their first time up to bat.

Anonymous said...

sooooooooooooooooooooo boring

Falafelkid said...

Hi Anonymous.

sooooooooooooooooooooo boring

Yes, you are.

Anonymous said...

*yawn*

Grandmaster B said...

Yet you keep coming back?

Anonymous said...

this is how we(trolls) do bro! standardly!! take it easy :)

Anonymous said...

falafelkid is the troll his trolling true gamers with hardcore nonsense about dead and dieing companys with in the gaming industry

every wii fad anti wii report is a act of troll including everything fala did after his neogaf meltdown

Anonymous said...

its all soooooooo lame

Eccentric trolls said...

I think Mister Falafelkid actually quite enjoys the presence of these so called trolls on his blog as nutty as it may sound. That is because they are no ordinary trolls. They gotta be the most crazy eccentric trolls the world wide web has on offer so I think he feels kinda honoured by their presence and aditionally they give his blog a whiff of "prestige". The thing about these trolls is that their agenda is not so obvious. Thats what keeps things interesting. Their agenda remains a mystery. What do they want? why do they keep coming back?? These questions remain unawnsered. Thats the cool thing about these trolls and lets not forget its nice to have them for pure entertainment purposes and not to mention he most likely gets one or two good laughs out of them every once in a while. So basically I suppose he must be quite happy with his embosomed trolls. ;)

Anonymous said...

is it just me or is the wii dead??

Anonymous said...

this blog used to have a lively, vital community I don't know what happened?? explain please

Anonymous said...

what a sad, lonely place

Grandmaster B said...

for gamers like me n u it is dead, yes. but for nintendo n everyone else..no.

Falafelkid said...

How can you call the Wii dead? It still sells pretty well (though it currently is not the best selling platform, it is and will remain market leader) and it has great games like ´Golden Eye´ just out with a new ´Legend of Zelda´ around the corner, alongside a pretty impressive back catalogue. And finally, Wii is getting multi-platform titles like ´Call of Duty: Black Ops´ which really rock the console. If there was a drought, it is over!

Anonymous said...

ok but what is on the horizon except for Zelda and Conduit2 ??

Grandmaster B said...

Because I look and look at the list of torrents each day and I look at the Wii list weekly now and even then I find nothing that is even worth looking at. Whereas if you look at other systems there is at least something weekly. For the readers here, for the most part I think the Wii list is fairly dead. It has dried up a lot.

I thought I made the mistake of getting COD: BO for PS3 over Wii as I trhought I would suck at the controls as I do with most FPS games but I do alright in it. I dont need a Wii for that, though the controls would be way better.

And Nintendo games are too little and far between now, it has gotten worse. I was looking forward to Nintendo Sports and its quite lame, not up to the standard of Mario Golf, Mario tennis and so on. Wii is just getting party games and whatnot, not very interesting for most of the readers here if I dont mind speaking on their behalf.

Anonymous said...

lets face it....wii is as good as dead.....

jerry said...

The wii is strange, if you say it's dead, people will show sales figures and if you say the public interest is gone...people will show sales figures. Sales do not equal quality.

For me the wii isn't dead, I just have no interest in it. I've had mine since launch day and it's been sitting unused for at least a year now. I just don't have any interest in the games that are released for it, I also hate motion controls.

Falafelkid says that goldeneye is a great game, I'm sure it is. Why did it receive the praise it got though? There are so many shooters, past and present, that have done the same thing goldeneye for the wii has done, and better. The reason goldeneye on the wii received praise though is because you could play it with a classic controller.

Say what you want but the majority of the people out there do not want to play shooters with a wiimote, the same can be said with pretty much any genre. Motion controls are not an intuitive method of control. More accurate? I guess in some cases but I honestly don't care about that. I'm playing a videogame, I'm not shooting a real gun or throwing a real frisbee. When I play games I want to sit there and use my thumbs to control and to press buttons. Plus, the wiimote/nunchuk have the same amount of buttons as a ps3/360 controller.

A simple example, why do I have to shake the wiimote in NSMB:Wii to pick up a turtle shell? That is stupid and not intuitive, it's simply tacked on motion controls.

Also, I have 5.1 surround sound and a 1080p plasma. I want to play games in surround sound and I want high def games. Graphics aren't everything but 9 out of 10 wii games look worse than gamecube titles.

The wii has been extremely successful for nintendo but I think it might hurt them in the long run. I was a diehard nintendo fanboy since the nes released, that changed when I owned only a wii for 2 years. People will post scores for mario galaxy and how it's the highest scored game this gen but I honestly couldn't get into it, I'd much rather play mario 64 or mario sunshine.

I think a big reason people say the wii is dead is because (most) developers, gamers and websites just don't care anymore. There is rarely any news worth posting concerning the wii. I listen to lots of gaming podcasts, the majority of them being multiplatform oriented and rarely do they mention the wii or anything releasing for it. There seems to be no interest from the gaming community at large. The IGN nintendo podcast is released maybe once a month, the other teams release podcasts on a weekly basis.

Yes the wii has some good games, fatal frame 4 is one of my favorite games this generation but I still consider the wii to be by far nintendo's worst console. It's literally made me lose complete interest in anything they have to offer at this point.

Those are my thoughts, say what you will. The only game I'm wanting to play for the wii is, "the last story" and that hasn't even been confirmed for a NA release.


*flame suit activated*

Grandmaster B said...

Good post Jerry and I totally agree.

Also, I have 5.1 surround sound and a 1080p plasma. I want to play games in surround sound and I want high def games. Graphics aren't everything but 9 out of 10 wii games look worse than gamecube titles.

Imagine what it looks like on a 90" projector? Thats what I run and Mario Galaxy, one of Wii's best games graphically is very pixelated. Which you would expect blowing it up, some PS3 games can a little but for the most part its crisp and clear. PC connected does it best in 1080P for games.

Thats if I want to be a graphics whore. Mario 64 is still my favourite Mario game, then Super Mario World.

And you are right, there is just no appealing games and I have not really followed the news but it seems there is not much press following the Wii as there is not much to talk about. You can only speak so much about party games.

jerry said...

90 inch projector....WOW

I can't even imagine what they would look like playing a shooter or a survival horror game.

Anonymous said...

well said jerry....the wii leaves a lot to be desired...and goldeneye isn't impressive at all even for a wii game imo

Grandmaster B said...

I can't even imagine what they would look like playing a shooter or a survival horror game.

Funny you said that. Do you know Söldner-X? That game looks stunning on it. I havent seen the 2nd one of the series yet.

Also havent played any survival hurror games on it but playing through Castlevania on it which is gorgeous in some parts. Marvel vs Capcom 3 also is pretty cool on it.

Projectors technology for home is really great these days, I would not be able to go back to a TV. And the thing is they are not expensive. If my room was larger I would get a bigger screen for it (movies more ideally, for games 90% is more than enough).

PC I have only tested Back to the Future and Sam & Max telltale games on it in 1920x1080 and they look so stunning like you wouldnt believe. If my PC was good spec I would run COD BO on it instead of PS3.

But as I said Wii is no so great on it, that is the downside of owning a projector. I knew it before I got it but I was focusing on PS3 and Wii 2 for the long term.

jerry said...

Nice, I love soldner-x. I have that and the sequel on my ps3.

Anonymous said...

wii graphics are a big let down

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