Take-Two Is in Talks to Acquire Codemasters

Take-Two Is in Talks to Acquire Codemasters

The publisher could be picking up a new racer.

A big acquisition for Take-Two Interactive could be on the horizon. Today, the company confirmed that it has made a proposal to acquire Codemasters, the studio behind Project Cars and the upcoming Dirt 5.

In its press release, Take-Two posits that combining with Codemasters would be a "highly complementary fit." It also believes Codemasters could utilize Take-Two's distribution network and publishing resources. The acquisition is tentative, but the chance has been floated.

Take-Two is already a fairly large company. It encompasses 2K, which both publishes games and develops major titles like the quite popular NBA 2K series. It has Rockstar, which puts massive online services like GTA Online under its umbrella, and there is also Private Division, a label for smaller (by comparison) games like Obsidian's The Outer Worlds, and is currently spinning up a number of projects.

Codemasters is no slouch when it comes to racing games, running the Dirt series and others like Project Cars. It could be a pretty sizable acquisition if it goes through, even in a year of landmark acquisitions. Yet there's also the matter of the recent Fast & Furious game, Crossroads, which didn't quite hit the mark.

Take-Two is gearing up for the next generation of consoles it seems, and Codemasters might be one part of its larger plan. As it supports next-gen price bumps and pushes forward into new games, it would be interesting to see what Codemasters does with the backing of Take-Two, assuming the deal actually goes through.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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