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Rumor: EA Targeting Epic Games

After Electronic Arts withdrew its offer to buyout Take-Two Interactive, the rumors have begun yet again: what will EA try to buy next?

Well, the current popular opinion is that the world's largest video game publisher now has their cross-hairs fixed on Epic Games, creators of such blockbuster franchises as Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. According to GameGuru, EA continues forward in its attempt to reclaim some of the hardcore gamers they've lost in the past few years, and they plan to do this by releasing a bunch of IPs. Games like Dead Space are clearly part of this business philosophy. It seems EA's goal is to "fund the development of the next generation of Unreal technology and acquire exclusive licensing rights over it (Unreal 4.0)." Essentially, EA wants their name to be on future Unreal and Gears titles, and they also want to have access to the new Unreal 4.0 engine, which is in development now. In fact, GameGuru claims an EA employee has already "shifted" over to Microsoft during the creation of Gears of War 2 so as "to ascertain the potential and viability of the series in the future."

Just because EA pulled out of the Take-Two deal doesn't mean they're going to sit on their laurels; you should've realized that. And of course, PlayStation 3 owners now have one big question: if EA acquires Epic, does this mean Gears will come to Sony's platform in the future? EA doesn't do exclusive...

10/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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OhYessss
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 12:41:59 PM
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EA! Go away!!

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xtreme
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 12:48:46 PM
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well....GOW on ps3 would be nice, and in all fairness EA games have improved in the recent years. all I can say is it wouldn't be the end of the world. But the next unreal tourney with a EA games logo on the front? that's a issue.

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tramp
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 12:51:30 PM
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did we not hear about microsoft try tp buy epic before and they said that 2bn was way under priced try doubleing it.
im might just be very simple but wat does the last bit mean."In fact, GameGuru claims an EA employee has already "shifted" over to Microsoft during the creation of Gears of War 2 so as "to ascertain the potential and viability of the series in the future."???


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Orvisman
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 1:06:50 PM
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Also, it is my understanding that EA is now the world's third-largest publisher behind Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft (?).

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BlinkBoy
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 1:14:43 PM
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As long as we don't see EA ads in a Unreal Tournament game in the future.

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Branko2166
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 1:36:42 PM
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Pretty sure that EA is second largest publisher and that they have shares in Ubisoft as well.

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QuasarSquirrel
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 2:02:16 PM
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I can't imagine the chunk of change EA would have to drop on Epic, they'd said previously they thought they were worth more than $1 billion.

EA should get a new hobby, like growing your business from the INSIDE.

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Daedusian
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 4:15:16 PM
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Why don't they just quit making games and start making shoes...

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 4:20:21 PM
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no! then they'll take all their employees including the random developers they've picked up alone the way and force them to work in labor shops where they will then start buying up nike and new balance etc etc until they end up back in the game business anywayz XD

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watchit
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 4:29:07 PM
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I see this happening EA already bought epic's polishing team people can fly that epic use for gears 2

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www
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 5:07:41 PM
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I thought epic games were held hostage by MS,glad EA are showin up with the ransom....and once again the day is saved thanks to...eeeeee aaaaaa! tun-tun-tonu-tu.

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coolistic
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 6:10:11 PM
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If EA doesn't want games to be exclusive then why the **** haven't we seen Mass Effect on the PS3?

I love that game on my PC!

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Deleted User
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 9:19:41 PM

the rights to that belong to microsoft too

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Aftab
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 8:53:44 PM
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EA, Shmee-A.

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Deleted User
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 9:18:49 PM
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gears is made by epic but the rights belong to microsoft. EVEN if ea bought epic gears would stay on the 360 only. i think its better suited for the 360 anyway given the already massive online install base

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TEG3SH
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 9:26:13 PM
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^^^^ the first 2 only belongs to ms the third is yet to be determined,hope they get em i need gears of war on my ps3,cause my xbox is banned ,y cause i was offensive!!!! i only used BRING IT ON BI*CH as a motto. got to hate ms

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 10:47:56 PM
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*grumbles at EA* I'm hoping Dead Space can turn the tide for them, but when I hear they are trying to buy someone up I just get the image of them swallowing up a decent company and incorporating it into a giant machine that produces garbage. Gears can lick my taint, don't care about it. If there's one thing we can count on in the gaming industry it's that the smaller companies have the vision for the product and the big ones have the vision for putting something (anything) on the shelves and claiming it is great.

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AceTatsujin
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 2:03:58 PM
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Hope they buy all of MS's studios and make all their s*** non-exclusive. MS deserves to be wiped out.

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Ivan_PSP
Sunday, October 05, 2008 @ 2:12:50 AM
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Electronic Arts is the 2nd largest gaming company Activision Blizzard is now #1. I hope EA buys Epic Games it will be great for us PlayStation owners. Since Epic Games has little love for us with exclusives hopefully EA will change that since they don't do exclusives. Gears of War 3 on PLAYSTATION 3 for sure if that happens. I can't wait to see the outcome hopefully this rumor becomes a reality.

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shaydey77
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:08:03 PM
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Ea is just doing business as usual.Another gae on the ps3..who in their right mind would complain??sadly for 360 owners..the only good exclusive left in my opinion would be Halo.

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