Sony is apparently seriously considering purchasing Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar and 2K. Reports from financial analysts saw Take-Two stock rise 4.7% in their wake. Now, you’ll want to take this all with a pile of salt – even if the rumour is true, there’s no guarantee the deal will go through. But if the PlayStation maker picks up Take-Two, our dreams of Red Dead Redemption 2 PC might finally be dead.
A MarketWatch report quotes Wedbush Securities analyst Joel Kulina in saying that Sony “is in advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal.” The deal would value Take-Two at $130 per share, significantly higher than the company is currently trading – even with the current rise in price.
While the rumours have been enough to put Take-Two’s stock on the rise, at present nobody seems to have any clue how seriously to take the reports. Significant buyout rumours very much like this one have hit the game industry many times over in the past – and very few of them have come to fruition.
Sony acquiring one of the biggest third-party publishers around would certainly be industry-shaking news, especially with the apparent implication that all Take-Two’s games would become PlayStation exclusive. Sony could, as Microsoft does, justify still bringing its games to PC, but that hasn’t been how PlayStation has operated in recent years.
That could mean no more multiplatform releases for GTA and Red Dead, or the 2K sports and wrestling games. Grimmest of all, that could even mean that Firaxis would go console-only. (Perish the thought.)
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As Microsoft picks up major studios like Obsidian, Sony could be looking to follow suit. But a publisher like Take-Two is a much bigger acquisition than anything the Xbox brand has picked up so far. Whether or not this rumour amounts to anything more remains to be seen – but what a rumour it is.