Less than a year ago we learnt that Codemasters were buying Project Cars developers Slightly Mad Studios.
Today Reuters are reporting that Take-Two Interactive are poised to buy the British developer of the official F1 games and the Dirt franchise for almost a billion Dollars.
Take-Two are the holding company of Rockstar Games, 2K Games and the Private Division label, amongst others. They are the third largest publicly traded European and American games company after Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts.
Should the acquisition go through, the Codemasters stable of titles will join the likes of the Red Dead, Grand Theft Auto, NBA, Borderlands and Bioshock franchises.
Red Dirt Auto?
Project Bio Lands?
Well there goes our awesome regional pricing on Codies games. Take-Two titles are some of the most expensive for us in the ZAR region.
Exactly what I thought too
I don’t think its a good idea. Companies need to remain individual or otherwise they’ll all just start producing similar games due to corporate demands.
I was thinking exactly the same when I saw the news.
I’m still not sure how to feel about this, I grew up on codies games… and Take-Two is all about making that money printer go brrrrr.
Player 3 (aka Electronic Arts) has entered the arena!
Things on the Codemasters / Take-Two front have dramatically changed, albeit somewhat quietly, and seemingly very quickly…
Just 12 hours ago rumours of an EA counter-offer started circulating…
Then just a short while ago, reports that Codemasters will accept the EA offer started appearing…
Codemasters has withdrawn its recommendation for the £759m cash and shares bid from Take-Two, and said it would unanimously recommend the 604p a share cash offer from EA.
Guess I need to update the topic title…
(Was Take-Two to buy Codemasters for $973m)
Does EA, or Take Two have better servers?
I know EA has a tendency of killing off servers for ‘older’ games.
Codemasters has a tendency of not starting up servers for their current games.
I think either would have better servers that Codemasters, that’s for sure.
Also RIP favourable regional pricing for us. EA is a bit better than Take-Two in that regard though but nowhere near as good as we are used to getting.
We might get advantage from EA Play?
Yep, not at release (unless you go for premier) but definitely down the line.
I agree, EA Play makes EA my preferred buyer.
Mmmm, but for F1 it might make sense to sub to premier for a couple of months just for that. If they fix the servers.
I don’t know if it’s just me being my jaded, cynical, old fart self, but even with the "the departures had always been part of the plan” and “our orientation isn’t to come in and turn Codemasters into another Electronic Arts studio”* PR bollocks, the first thing that popped into my head as I read this article was a “and so it begins”, followed by Jim Morrison singing, “This is the end, beautiful friend”.
* Immediately scrapping Regional Pricing for Codemasters games on Steam proves this statement is a lie. Turning Codemasters into another EA studio is precisely what they did before they’d even added their EA logo to all the artwork.
I was sadened and then excited when I found out that Codemasters brought over a lot of the Eveolution Studios devs, if they didn’t take the entire studio. Now that Codemasters is being bought by EA, I am now considerably more aprehensive. Not that EA games are bad by any stretch, but some of their practices I do not like nor agree with. But such is the nature of the industry right now unfortunately.