Activision acquire Take-Two

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By Chris | 1st Apr 2011 at 00:04 GMT in General | 12 Comments
UPDATE: As you probably realised, yes, this was just an April Fools' joke. Credit to GTANF for the idea, and shout-outs to GTAGaming, GTANetwork.it, GTA Légende, and GTAForums.fr for joining in!

It seems that the Grand Theft Auto series will have a new home very shortly, as Activision started takeover procedures of Take-Two today. Earlier, the Call of Duty publisher began buying majority shares in Take-Two and formally started the takeover. While catching us slightly off guard, this isn't entirely surprising news as it was revealed back in February that Activision were looking to acquire Take-Two, however, nothing came to fruition from this as it was later said that Take-Two "didn't fulfil requirements" that Activision had laid out.

Once the takeover is complete, Activision will own all the studios that are currently under Take-Two's control - as you're probably aware, Rockstar Games is just one of those studios. Additionally, Activision will claim ownership rights of IP's including Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead, Max Payne, Mafia and BioShock.

This could have major implications on the future of the GTA series. It's not currently known what plans Activision have for it, but we can safely say they will keep it going. Will they be pumping out below-par GTA games once a year just to keep profits steady? Or will they keep things going as they at the moment? Feel free to fire off your own comments below.
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Blur 1st April, 2011 @ 02:46 - Permalink
Bravo. You successfuly caused me to search frantically for a minute or two. I'm to gullible I guess. Although its still not April 1 where I'm living for another hour. Defintely better than the previous April 1st jokes imo.

:blush: Looks like I was the only one that got duped. /shakes head/
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TUN3R 1st April, 2011 @ 13:36 - Permalink
[insert most obvious April fools day prank here]

Oh wait Chris already did :)

Nice try but I was hoping to see the site upside down like last year D:
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Chris 1st April, 2011 @ 16:19 - Permalink
Ha. Well, sorry to disappoint you, it's after 12pm now so not much point taking this any further :lol:

This was actually supposed to be bigger, numerous other GTA sites were supposed to post the same story to make it more believable, some dropped out, some ran their own jokes... so yeah...

Last year's was ok wasn't it, though the most fun was our 2009 one in my opinion :P

For anyone who doesn't know/remember, past jokes we've run were:
2006: http://www.gtachicago.com
2009: http://www.thegtapla.../april/2009.php
2010: http://www.thegtapla.../april/2010.php
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Spider-Vice 1st April, 2011 @ 18:07 - Permalink
Lolwut wat is this. No more imagination? :P
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TUN3R 1st April, 2011 @ 19:55 - Permalink

This was actually supposed to be bigger, numerous other GTA sites were supposed to post the same story to make it more believable, some dropped out, some ran their own jokes... so yeah...

For anyone who doesn't know/remember, past jokes we've run were:
2006: http://www.gtachicago.com
2009: http://www.thegtapla.../april/2009.php
2010: http://www.thegtapla.../april/2010.php


Too bad, would have been epic troll ^^ Anyway I wasn't registered in 2009 (or just not active, don't remember), pink ftw.
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Chris 1st April, 2011 @ 19:59 - Permalink
Yeah, unfortunately us and GTAGaming were the only English sites that went along with it so it didn't get as widespread as we hoped. Still, was better than doing nothing I think.

And yeah looking at your join date you weren't around then, we became the gayest GTA site out there, but hey at least people can't complain of any homophobia here :lol:
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EvoLuTioN 2nd April, 2011 @ 05:34 - Permalink
Pink Tgtap was awesome.. We got covered by a couple of news sites too yeah?
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Chris 2nd April, 2011 @ 18:11 - Permalink
Yes, including a fairly high profile Australian news website (NineMSN - slide 11) - funny thing is the caption there got changed from "Gay Theft Auto" to "Girl theft auto" - Did they think they would offend people or something? :lol:
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EvoLuTioN 2nd April, 2011 @ 18:25 - Permalink
I think it was because we were all talking bout what a huge sausage fest the site has become. Probably thought we were trying to get girls to join the site or something.
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TUN3R 2nd April, 2011 @ 19:18 - Permalink

I think it was because we were all talking bout what a huge sausage fest the site has become. Probably thought we were trying to get girls to join the site or something.


By painting it pink? Lol how dumb is they?
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Nate10 3rd April, 2011 @ 03:16 - Permalink
Had me fooled. Guess I'm gullible. :P
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BlackListedB 5th April, 2011 @ 02:26 - Permalink
But us GTAF Vets already know this is something they've done before, offering up EA as the buyers of Take Two, I fell for it, pretty bad I must say. WELL, I won't fall for such news so easily I can tell you....again!

Should add, as far as any studio pining to own Take2, it's really up to them what happens, they've refused such offers on the strength of their titles profitability I believe, and maintaining the control of their IP, if that's the right way to say it

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