Hostile takeover out of the equation
Sony was apparently in advanced board level discussions to acquire Take Two this week, which would grant it ownership of blockbuster franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and BioShock. Of course,
Push square to doubt
There’s eff all happening in the games industry at the minute, so how about a hot rumour to rustle your jimmies this evening. Market Watch is reporting that stock in Take Two interactive is up following speculation that Sony is in “advanced board level discussions to acquire [the publisher] in a mostly cash deal”. This...
Legend of the West
Hmmmmm, we're not quite sure what to make of this one. According to Korean publication Game Focus, PlayStation 3 masterpiece Red Dead Redemption is being remastered for the PlayStation 4. The site doesn't note a specific source, but claims that the rumour has been floating around since last month, with whispers from North America...
Disgruntled executive wants $150 million
Do you remember when Leslie Benzies, the former president of Rockstar North, left the Edinburgh-based developer earlier in the year? Having enjoyed a long sabbatical prior to his departure, it seemed like the suit was simply burnt out. However, that's not the case according to a $150 million lawsuit that he's...
BioShock? Borderlands? Take Two's going big
Take Two, the company in charge of 2K Games and Rockstar, has hinted that it will appear at E3 2016 in a "big way". Strauss Zelnick, the organisation's head honcho, teased the tidbit in the latest issue of MCV, stopping short of revealing which titles it will have on display. It currently has three games...
GTA Online is singular focus
Rumours have been swirling for a while now that Rockstar has been working on some sort of single player expansion for Grand Theft Auto V, but those whispers have been silenced by design director Imran Sarwar, who told IGN that the developer's current focus is purely is on the multiplayer side of things. "Right now our...
We'll make you an offer
There must be a few mobsters over at Take Two with plenty of secrets in the trunk of their car right now, because the evidence of a new Mafia game continues to pile up. Back in May, the publisher confirmed that it's got a AAA-title in the works, and before that, voice actor Rick Pasqualone - who played the main character in...
Bit of a weird one, this, but YouTube user ElAnalistaDeBits reckons that the PlayStation 4 version of Grand Theft Auto V has suffered a graphical downgrade after the game's latest update. On Reddit, opinions are torn as to why this might be. Some argue that it's a purposeful move, with Rockstar having to tweak things in order to add...
During a recent investor call, publisher Take-Two's CEO declared that he "wouldn't rule anything out", regarding a possible HD collection of Grand Theft Auto titles. "Our labels are driven by the desire to delight consumers and pursue their creative passions, and that's been a formula that's worked extraordinarily well for this company,"...
Take Two boss Strauss Zelnick has trotted out a teensy tidbit regarding the future of Rockstar’s popular Red Dead Redemption franchise – chiefly, that the series won’t be hanging up its cowboy hat anytime soon. Chatting at the Cowen & Company Analyst conference earlier this week, the intelligent executive stressed that the firm...
Blood, sweat, and tiny pants
While the majority of THQ’s franchises found new homes yesterday, there’s still been no official word on the future of the WWE license. Early rumours suggested that EA had picked up the lucrative contract, but that’s been countered by an IGN report which claims that Take Two made a last minute bid for the series...
XCOM: Enemy Unknown might be happily flaunting its release date like there’s no tomorrow, but times are a bit tougher for 2K Marin’s first-person XCOM reboot. Originally announced in 2010 – and delayed ever since – the controversial shooter is now due out between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, according to publishing overlord...
Laying it bare
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick doesn’t foresee much longevity for troubled publisher THQ – the gaffer told an audience at the MIT Business in Gaming Conference that he believes the firm will be fully shuttered in six months time. Zelnick expanded that he believes the publisher’s biggest mistake was working with licensed...
Don't tell the Daily Mail
With the exception of Call of Duty, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto is about the only franchise in the world big enough to command its own television channel. And even then we’re pretty sure it would fill out its programming schedule with Teleshopping ads promoting the Jack LaLanne power juicer. But what’s this got to do...
L.A. Noire might not have been the most even of releases – the open-world crime drama overstayed its welcome by several hours – but it’s still deserving of its success. For all of the game’s faults, it should be recognised for its sheer innovation. Everything from the facial technology through to the very deliberate pacing resulted in...
Given Max Payne 3's development cycle thus far, this announcement was about as predictable as the sun going down in the evening: Rockstar Games has announced that it has delayed Max Payne 3 until May
The game was originally due out in March. The new launch window — without a specific date, we should clarify — puts Rockstar back into familiar territory, where it has enjoyed great success with..
Two studios under the 2K Czech banner have been hit by a redundancy initiative, according to information obtained by Develop Online
According to the website more than 40 of the developer's staff has been cut from its studio at Brno, with "less than ten" cut from its Prague studio too. Before the redundancies, 2K Czech had a work force of around 200 people. This will result in the..
The Citizen Skywatch website doesn't say much at all
In fact, other than the words 'Citizen Skywatch' themselves, the website is a barren waste-land devoid of any compelling information. But the Internet is much more investigative than that, and a prompt WHOIS search reveals that the website was registered by Take Two on the behalf of Rockstar Games. Now you're interested aren't you? It's..
Take-Two is preparing to announce new titles scheduled for release in its next financial year "in the coming months", leading to heavy speculation that we're on the cusp of a Grand Theft Auto V reveal
Interestingly Take-Two said that it expects to exceed a net income of $2 per share during the next fiscal year (April 2012 through March 2013), a...
In its latest financial report, Take-Two has announced that it has renewed employment agreements with "key members of the creative team of Rockstar Games"
Bosses Sam and Dan Houser have renewed their contracts, alongside Leslie Benzies on what the company notes as "substantially similar economic terms". Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick described Rockstar as "the best creative talent in..
Don't ever forget: Grand Theft Auto is big, big business
Despite it's brand-name dominance dipping slightly to the prominence of the Call Of Duty franchise, Take-Two has revealed that Grand Theft Auto IV has still managed to sell a whopping 20 million copies to date. That really is an extraordinary tally since the game's April 2008 release. In fact,...
Let's be honest, LA Noire is never going to come out is it? To point out just how long Team Bondi's detective game has been in development, let's just look at the origins of the product
In 2004, Sony were funding the project as a PlayStation exclusive. In 2007, Rockstar re-confirmed the game's release for PlayStation 3 in the fall of the following year. Sometime after that, the game was announced..
Can anyone say they really care about Duke Nukem Forever anymore? Did anyone even care in the first place? Games have moved on since Duke Nukem -- the world can happily continue to exist without the release of Duke Nukem Forever; which was supposed to be the case when it was cancelled last year
This morning's rumour from Kotaku suggests the game's not as dead as people think. According to the..
com</a> may be a smokey charade of nothingness, but its launch suggests one important thing: Irrational Games are about to announce their new project. We hinted as much last week when Irrational announced a special press event scheduled for early August. Despite there being nothing on the page at the moment, we're assume things will be gradually revealed over the coming weeks..
A. Noire</a> ever release? The latest issue of XBOX 360-World magazine suggests it's still some time away - they're hinting at a Spring 2011 release for the innovative detective title. To be fair, Take Two revealed the date as the fourth-quarter of their fiscal 2010, which ends in March, 2011. Technically Spring starts around there so...
During a financial call last night, Take-Two's Ben Feder confirmed that 2K Czech's gangster title, Mafia 2, will be getting a PSN demo sometime in August
"In August, 2K will launch a comprehensive demo program on Xbox Live Marketplace, PSN and the Internet that will allow gamers to experience the game up until its launch," he said. Big news, then? No date for the demo, but with the game..
Ken Levine created Bioshock
But over the last few years he's been working on a new project we still don't know about. A business piece in the LA Times today fails to uncover any new details about Levine's next project, but does offer some interesting soundbytes. The interview with Take-Two man Strauss Zelnick reveals that Levine was "freed" from working on a Bioshock sequel in order to..
What do you get when you take the highest rated Nintendo DS game of all time and put it on the PSP? Well you get the same great game, with better graphics minus a few touch screen minigames
Welcome to our PSP's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars — we can't wait to play you. Check out these new screens over at Kotaku to see just how far the game's...
During an investor call today, Take-Two's Ben Feder confirmed that the company have implemented Playstation Motion Controllers in "just about all" of their studios
While Feder didn't address specific titles, he did claim, "everybody's working with them to try to figure out new ways in which we can innovate and create the kind of content that this company is famous for". Feder also..
Take-Two have announced that Bioshock 2 will be pushed back until the "first half of 2010"
Concerns have been raised over the game's direction and "too many cooks" development approach over the past few months - surely some reasoning behind the delay. Take-Two's Chairman Strauss Zelnick publicly apologized about the setback in a press release:"We recognize that our revised outlook..
Rockstar's exclusive Playstation 3 may have only been given a title at E3, but since then details have slowly trickled out about the game
Try this quote from Take Two's Ben Feder, whereby he claims Agent will be "a game about espionage, set in the 1970s" and will be "very, very different" from the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Speaking of GTA, when prompted as to whether the XBOX..
It seems the teams behind the development of Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption have asked for a little more time to perfect their games - something Take Two shareholders were advised would have an impact on their earnings for the rest of the financial year: "[The delay is] to allow additional development time for the titles and to maximize their full potential in terms of the quality of the player experience and market performance
"</blockquote> The delay will likely hold the games back until early 2010, but they could make the important..
Take Two have confirmed that one of the most anticipated sequels this year, Bioshock 2, will release in Europe on Friday, October 30th; with the US version landing a few days later on November 3rd
The platforms are still listed as TBA so it's possible there may be some "timed exclusivity" deal for Microsoft someone to buy secure, but we guess anything like that will be announced at E3.