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Could EA Publish GTAIV?

Everybody has been talking about EA's bid to takeover Take-Two Interactive, and that includes the industry's most prominent analysts. These analysts have concluded that the deal might go through in time for EA to have their name on the box for Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2, according to MCVUK. That's right, GTAIV might be published by Electronic Arts.

"I do believe GTA IV will be an EA game," said GameShadow and Lodestar freelance analyst Nicholas Lovell. "Whether it is the same game that it would have been under Take Two remains to be seen. I could also imagine EA trying to keep the Rockstar brand as an edgier label, in the same way that wholesome, family-friendly Disney released films like Pulp Fiction or Gangs of New York under the Miramax label."

Obviously, one of the biggest reasons EA wants to acquire Take-Two is so they can take advantage of the massively popular GTA franchise, but they'll need to move quickly if they want to cash in on GTAIV. Parker Consulting's Nick Parker had this to say in regards to the timing of the potential purchase:

"The timing is crucial – hostile bids can take a long time to resolve and who knows T2 may be successful in defending it. If EA succeeds, it should benefit from some of the GTAIV revenues although the reason to buy T2 should be based on longer term potential of all IPs, not just on this year’s results."

On the other hand, some analysts don't agree that this deal will go through in time for EA to publish GTAIV. Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter is one of them, as he believes this takeover won't be officially completed for "two or three months." DFC Intelligence's president David Cole sided with Pachter and said a "takeover like this will take some time." Even so, it goes without saying that EA would like to tap as much of the GTAIV honey pot as humanly possible, so it'll be a race to see if EA gets their name on the box. Could it really happen...?

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV

3/20/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

ThePoetRazel
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 1:54:52 PM
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EA are the lowest of the low in my opinion. They don't deserve to have their name on a product like GTAIV.
Maybe they should try making a good game for once, cos stealing other people's hard work is a tactic that can't be sustained.

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Minishmaru
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 2:16:27 PM

EA doesn't make good games...they just buy good games made by other companies...I'm against EA buying out all these companies and stuff but I can't compete against millions of dollars ::shrug::

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bamf
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 3:09:37 PM
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If EA want the GTA franchise, then I only hope that EA doesn't get Take-Two before GTAIV release and after that when future GTA games are published by EA, GTA V won't be developed by the same team as previous installments as the devs left due to the take over and that nobody buys future GTA titles after GTA IV.

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Deleted User
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 3:13:59 PM
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I wouldn't normally side with EA but Take 2 really screwed up selling M$ the exclusive episodic content. GTA was always a Playstation title first and an xbox title second. I realize EA wouldn't put it on just one platform but they would at least make the content available to everyone.

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Zapix
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 4:19:49 PM
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I said it before, I simply won't buy it if EA gets their hands on it. I don't want my money going to the most sleezy lowlife gaming company. Hope they burn for this.

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OtisFeelgood
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 5:05:57 PM
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I hope Take Two doesnt let EA buy them.

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BlinkBoy
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 5:26:36 PM
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If it happends I will cancel my pre-order.

They can't buy love from gamers with GTAIV

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bonifidehustla
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 5:38:51 PM
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yeah this pretty much piss me off I love NBA 2k series because NBA Live are just stupid now if they get this they going to have another monopoly like they did with the nfl contract i think ima still get gt4 but after that never buying another EA game unless its burnout lol or another Army of Two

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 6:46:16 PM
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I would just like to remind everyone that just because EA is publishing GTAIV doesn't mean they have a hand in the development/creation of the game. How can they? It's basically done. And for GTAV and future installments, it's unlikely EA would be actually DEVELOPING those games. Rockstar will probably handle those as well, and EA will only publish the titles.

Unless EA wants to take over the development process for GTA, gamers aren't going to notice much of anything different. Publishing and developing are two very different things; people seem to forget that very often.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 7:07:34 PM
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I agree Ben, but is it fair to say that EA would have a say in when the title comes out? like if R* say they need 12 months to complete a game and EA say no, i want it in 4... surely that would hamper quality. the pressure that EA could put R* under would be a lot if you ask me.

i feel thats exactly what happened to Burnout.


they would cut production costs, bring forward release dates and put in advertising from the real world in these make believe games.

and what about games like LA Noir.. would EA suddenly feel that it should be an Xbox title too, to make maximum revenue, thus making the PS3 version smaller to match that of what they can fit on the 360?

i agree that EA will to some extent leave R* alone to get on with things, but like an annoying sod, they will stick their oar in, and personally i think they will in some ways affect the quality of R*'s games.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 8:53:09 PM
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Yes, as publisher, EA would certainly ask that a game be finished at a certain time to fit in with their marketing/campaign timetable. In that way, it is possible this could have an impact on Rockstar's development.

But while I know that everyone is always down on EA for making games, there's no denying they're one of the best publishers in the world. They'll be plenty capable of producing a GTA game, and I don't believe they'll start issuing ultimatums that would force Rockstar to rush and make something sub-par. It's just detrimental for everybody involved.

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K Phantom
Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 9:59:21 PM
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Oh please God NO! if EA gets GTA then it is simply destroyed! Over, Nada, zilich, or Feso!

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Mystearica
Friday, March 21, 2008 @ 9:07:40 AM
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Honestly - it does look like the take-over will take place... but I hope EA does NOT get the time to place it's darn name on the box!

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, March 22, 2008 @ 10:29:05 PM
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EA is gay

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NIGHT CREEPER
Sunday, March 23, 2008 @ 5:11:04 PM
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Well when you think of it, the majority of us do not like EA and the quality of the games it creates and/or publishes. Why don't we let them know how we feel about them taking over R*??? We could leave them a long list of names telling them to keep their srcubby hands of a great company and make their own games decent first! lol My anger is now out:D

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PaiNT_kinG
Monday, March 24, 2008 @ 12:39:04 AM
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EA HAS SOME OF THE WORST GAMES I EVER PLAY!

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Mojo
Monday, March 24, 2008 @ 4:26:19 PM
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No I'm not all for companies stealing other companies games and ideas, but I can't help but wonder just how many of you that say "I will never buy another EA game!" or "I won't buy GTA IV if EA's name is on it" will actually DO what they say. I can sa right now I find that I am hard pressed to find ONE person that hasn't bought an EA product after making on of these oh so familiar claims. Fact of the matter is, whether you like EA or not, the are a great publishing company and have the economic brains to get them more money. I do feel that competition is healthy for games, but EA has just found ways to make sure they win them. I'll still buy GTA IV and following EA games becaue THEY ARE FUN! They are entertaining. To not buy a game the looks entertaining because a certain company makes it is about as childish as not going to Joe Shmoes birthday cause my "ex-best freind" will be there. A games a game. Play it!

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