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RUMOR: Activision may acquire Grand Theft Auto publisher

Activision is reportedly interested in acquiring publisher Take-Two, most likely for the rights to the Grand Theft Auto series. “There are very strong rumors amongst people at a very senior level within the global business,” said a senior games executive to MCV.

It's like 2007 all over again. Back then, rumors were flying that EA was going to acquire the mid-sized publisher. Looks like we're in for another year filled with industry gossip about another acquisition that may or may not come to pass.



Keep in mind, there's no concrete info at the moment. As the senior executive explained: "But they're not much more than that at the moment – they are just rumors. And, of course, given Activision's news this week, everyone is now looking to see what their next move is. But you can definitely put two and two together and make four-ish."

The anonymous senior executive is of course referring torecent news that Activision will cease production of any new Guitar Hero games while cancelling True Crime: Hong Kong.

Feb 14, 2011

73 comments

  • Dragon8992 - February 16, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    *eye twitch* I'm sorry I was gonna put something witty here but the sudden fear I'm experiencing seems to have caused me to repress the contents of the article let me go back and read it ............... alright I'm back now the best way I can think of to express my reaction to this is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Deep Breath* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Passes out due to lack of oxygen and wakes up 12 hours later* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and I think you've got the point.
  • grayguwapo - February 16, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    Say goodbye to the GTA franchise... if Activision does acquire GTA, I give it 3 years max lifespan before they ruin it and cash the life out of the franchise... RIP
  • aguilanthony - February 16, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    So that means a series ruined with quarterly releases through out the year and games being poorly slopped together to battle against other popular free roam games.... FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Screw you Activision.
  • PresentlyKyle - February 16, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    Yay! Now the GTA games will be split between two developers and release 1-2 times a year! Just like they did to Guitar Hero/Anything Hero, and Tony Hawk, which I still have scars on my wrists from when the Tony Hawks games started becoming peices of shit (p.s. I grew up on those games) One developer who has no idea wtf is going on, so they just copy everything the previous one does, and another developer who understands the game by heart and doesn't just mimic everything the previous one does aka Rockstar. OOOOOHH and maybe if were lucky Rockstar will try and defend their rights to the game they made and popularized and become unemployed for back-talking Activion, that'll be fun right guys?
  • nemesisuprising - February 16, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    no...no...NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • tiben36 - February 16, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    fuck activision i swear to god that if they annonce a new GTA under activison's banner, im gonna burn Activision's HQ and ill say GTA made me do it, lol long life to Rockstar/Take-Two's Unionship
  • D0CCON - February 15, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    please no, they already got Bungie
  • spideralex90 - February 15, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Shit.
  • Crypto140 - February 15, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    I wonder what GTA 5(and 6 and 7 as everyone is joking) mp will be like? Will it be a re-skinned CoD, or will they just get lazy and make it actually CoD mp from Black Ops. (Phone- multiplayer- Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3?)
  • FNG - February 15, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • PolarBearsInHeat - February 15, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    NO, GOD NO. NO GOD, DON'T DO THIS TO ME. (the way michael said it when toby came back)
  • joemama - February 15, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Oops sorry kids GTA didn't make enough money so you wont be seeing it anymore. Good news though Call of Duty 31 is coming out next week.lol
  • DriveShaft - February 15, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    No. For the love of all that is good and gamey, dont let this happen. GTA is the support beam to the industry, if this happens then shit will fall apart. Who knows whatll happen! Cartidges will come back? There'll be a Justin Bieber game? Online pass's will be mandatory!? MADNESS
  • Manguy17 - February 15, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    reckon anyone in activision knows how much everyone hates them>
  • FVDub - February 15, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    At least this means a new GTA game every year. That's great...right? Anyone?
  • BurntToShreds - February 15, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Well, shit.
  • wampastompa - February 15, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    This would be so fucking depressing. I've tried not to be an Activision troll, but after what they've done to Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero, and what they've slowly done to COD, I shudder to think how they'd fuck up GTA...
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - February 15, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    Great, no we might actually get a new GTA before 2013.
  • BARRAGE74 - February 15, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    NO NO NOOOOOO!
  • chrisbarker1980 - February 15, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Great, sodding great....

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