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Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar's Parent Company) in talks to acquire Codemasters (F1, Grid, Dirt)

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    Take-Two Interactive is in talks to acquire Codemasters in a potential £740 million sale (approx. $974.5 million), Codemasters confirmed.

    The DIRT and F1 series developer said that, should Take-Two Interactive make its bid official, its board intends to unanimously recommend that shareholders accept the offer.

    A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate, Codemasters said.

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    yuck not a fan Take-two nice games but what do they know about simulations?
     
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    As long as they don't fuck with whatever Ken Levine is cooking up at Ghost Story, I don't mind it.
     
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    They also own 2K Sports so um...yeah.

    Hopefully they leave the racing franchises alone and let them do their own thing instead of making it F1 2K because that would piss a lot of people off
     
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    RIP Codemasters. 2k is the scummiest publisher in the industry. I think they are worse than EA and Activision.

    Codemasters probably needs the cash though, as F1 is probably their only profitable game as Dirt Rally 2.0, Onrush and Grid tanked.
     
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    I hate when a company has so much money they buyout competition because they have one or two franchise products that make them tons of money then they go buyout the competition and force them into their way of doing business.
     
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    They make the midnight club games and the driving in GTA is pretty good. But not on any true sim level. Their driving physics are much better than say an Ubisoft's or Activision's though (I am look at you Ghost Recon and Watch Dogs).
     
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    Codemasters is already kind of a jank developer for the last decade IMO. For every good game they put out (Dirt Rally) they put out a lot of trash (The entire Grid series, most of the Dirt games) and they published by far the worst version of Project Cars.
     
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    Yeah Rockstar's physics engine is really good. They could pretty easily make a racing game. It's need a way faster top speed than you can do in GTA 5 though. I think that game tops out at like 120mph or something around there because the open world is so complex and the engine had to work on Xbox 360/PS3. I bet the next GTA game has way faster cars. The new CPU's and SSD's in the next consoles should be a game changer for how fast open worlds can stream data on the fly.
     
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    I am familiar with Codemasters problems having worked for a small company with software development "IE data storage error monitoring" they jumped into 2 other projects with their realtime server application and a handheld application for error monitoring. The problem was they did not want to hire more help and they spread themselves to thin and then promised their customers the application in a very short timeline without vetting with the customers and feeling out their requirements. Basically they dumped it in the customers lap and said here it is with hundreds of bugs lagging error reports through the realtime server application they figured it runs and as the errors popup they will address the issues.

    It really is a slimy way to do business but they needed the revenue stream and they figured it could be fixed. Little did they know the one of the customers "A huge cellphone service think ATT but overseas" decided they did not want the app and ditched it as well as all the error reporting stuff and went out and bought a whole new system. Moral of the story set reasonable timelines, don't think you're much bigger then you are, and treat customers like they are part of the solution, listen to customers. A lot of that is lost in many of these companies because they want to grow into a huge companies.
     
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    Codemasters has reached agreement with Take-Two and expects sale to complete early next year
    Take-Two says Dirt firm will be “highly complementary to our sports portfolio”

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    Following the deal’s completion, Codemasters will run within Take-Two’s 2K label under its existing leadership of CEO Frank Sagnier, CFO Rashid Varachia and the rest of its senior management team.

    https://www.videogameschronicle.com...-and-expects-sale-to-complete-early-next-year
     

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