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« on: January 09, 2006, 11:06:57 PM »

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EA Renews System Shock Trademark

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Take Two confirmed the acquisition with IGN this morning. The buy slides the drooled-after BioShock, along another unannounced Irrational title, under Take Two's wing. Irrational will maintain its team and offices. Take Two intends to leave Irrational creatively independent.
The purchase expands Take Two's stake in PC gaming, following the company's swiping up Firaxis -- home of Sid Meier and the legendary Civilization titles -- late last year.

Irrational Games made its name with 1999's creepy System Shock 2, which still has many gamers slobbering in happy memory. Since then, the company brought us the Freedom Force series, SWAT 4, and the well-received but strangely neglected Tribes: Vengeance. The company operates out of Boston, MA and Braddon, Australia


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New York, NY - January 9, 2006 - Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) today announced the acquisition of Irrational Games, the award-winning development studio behind such titles as System Shock 2 and Freedom Force. Irrational Games joins the team of development studios under Take-Two's 2K Games publishing label.
2K Games has multiple titles in development at Irrational's North American and Australian studios. The first title to be published under the 2K Games label will be BioShock, a role-playing shooter for next-generation console systems and PC. Already anticipated by the gaming press as one of the most innovative next-generation titles, BioShock is planned for release in early 2007.

"We saw a rare opportunity with Irrational Games, a development studio that has consistently produced creative and original games," said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director at 2K Games. Susan Lewis, VP of Business Development at 2K Games, added, "2K Games will provide additional resources and support to the Irrational team so they may continue to deliver cutting-edge games."

"We are excited to be aligned with a publishing label like 2K Games that shares similar development goals and vision," said Ken Levine, co-founder and President of Irrational Games. "Fans will be blown away when they see the next-generation titles we are working on."

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006, 11:12:54 PM »

You keep this up and I'm gonna end up hiring you....

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2006, 11:31:05 PM »

I could always use the money  Cool


Ive been dreaming of a new Shock since part 2.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006, 11:32:40 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006, 12:00:58 AM »

Sadly, these two news events are not related.  IF system shock 3 gets made, it will be made by EA. Read: Sucktactular.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2006, 12:23:23 AM »

http://www.shacknews.com/ja.zz?comments=40274

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UPDATE: Shacknews has received word from a very reputable source, who requested to remain anonymous, that EA is in fact working on a project referred to as System Shock 3. EA has yet to give an official response to Shacknews' inquiries regarding the original story, but more information will be posted as it becomes available.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2006, 01:36:38 AM »

System Shock 3 doesn't seem like the kind of game EA would make well.  I mean, EA does make some really flashy games, but the style of SS3 doesn't seem to fit with everything else they've made.

I fear a gross dumbing down of the game to appease the marketing department, another Deus Ex 2.

Thankfully, Take 2 does have a good stack of games that push boundaries, so Irrational's Bioshock should do well with them.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2006, 01:48:28 AM »

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System Shock 3 doesn't seem like the kind of game EA would make well.

I'm sure it will have a phat hip-hop soundtrack and a cameo appearance by 50 Cent.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2006, 03:14:29 AM »

Don't forget the advertising depicting products and media from the early 21st century.
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