Activision has had everyone’s attention this week after making a couple of big decisions that will ensure the company sees healthy profits in the near future. Today, rumors are floating around the internet that the biggest decision is still yet to come. Word has it that Activision is planning on buying one of their biggest rivals in Take-Two Interactive.
As stated before, these rumors are hot on the heals of two other business decisions made by the publisher. The first was the launch of Beachhead Studio, a team designed to bring more digital content to the Call of Duty series. The other was the end of the ever-popular Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises. A decision that shocked much of the gaming community.
For those who haven’t been paying attention, Take-Two Interactive is responsible for publishing some of the biggest titles in the industry. Games like Bioshock, Civilization, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and the upcoming L.A. Noire are all under the Take-Two umbrella. If Activision acquires their rival, this will bring the publisher ever so closer to world domination.
World domination may be a bit extreme (or is it?), but fitting since many gamers aren’t big fans of Activision’s past business practices. This week’s announcement of the end of the Guitar Hero franchise hit a sour note with many gamers, who blame the poor sales of the titles on Activision’s over saturation of the market.
Rumors of Activision’s planned purchase of Take-Two may raise concerns about the fates of some of the industries most beloved franchises. The publisher already has Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward and Treyarch — with Raven Software as backup — working to ensure a Call of Duty gets released every year. Gamers may fear that this treatment may also happen to GTA and other Take-Two franchises, thus devaluing their quality.
The purchase of Take-Two by Activision will no doubt be big news in the industry, but until we get official word gamers shouldn’t worry too much. They also should keep their eyes here on Game Rant for any developments in this story.
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