Take-Two takes in Irrational

Publisher's adds more muscle to its PC roster with SWAT 4 studio, will release BioShock for PC and "next-gen consoles" in 2007.

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Last week, Take-Two Interactive released a financial report that predicted it will take a per-share loss for the current quarter. However, that isn't stopping the publisher from continuing to beef up its roster of PC development talent--in the form of acclaimed studio Irrational Games. This morning, Take-Two reps confirmed to GameSpot that the acquisition is indeed in the offing.

Previously, Irrational had a long-standing relationship with VU Games, which published its acclaimed PC shooter SWAT 4 and its comic-book-inspired Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich. However, their relationship soured after VU ceased online support for Tribes: Vengeance following tepid sales.

Farther back, Irrational had a deal with Electronic Arts, which published System Shock 2. Ironically, EA recently renewed the System Shock trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office, meaning a sequel could be in the future.

Take-Two also confirmed that it will publish Irrational's role-playing/first-person shooter BioShock for the PC and as-yet unnamed "next-gen platforms" in 2007. Given Take-Two's proclivity for porting top-tier PC action games like Prey and Elder Scrolls IV to the Xbox 360, it is almost certain it will be released on Microsoft's new console.

Billed as a spiritual successor--but not a sequel--to System Shock 2, BioShock follows a protagonist through a genetic-research lab with ties to the World War II. Unfortunately, the lab is filled with mutated creatures that may have been once human. Luckily, the protagonist will have a host of superhuman abilities, courtesy of a Deus Ex-like skill system.

For more on BioShock, check out GameSpot's exclusive preview of the game.

Discussion

32 comments
ColdGen
ColdGen

They did obviously. BioShock rocks!

benotts
benotts

Let's hope Take Two handles this game alittle better than the last few releases.

kenshi_92888
kenshi_92888

Take-Two made a wise decision for taking Irrational in.

jatin_m_shah123
jatin_m_shah123

the story of the given game resembles to the doom movie which is recently released

Irvine78
Irvine78

Next month, EA will purchase humanity.

Micha_van_Essen
Micha_van_Essen

"anthony_basic wrote: So VU games still owns the SWAT License right? Or did take 2 take that also?" Indeed that's still VUGs, Irrational Games just developed SWAT 4 for VUG. The (Boston) IG developers are great devs, they were heavily involved with the SWAT 4 community when the game came out. Irrational Games was also named "Best Developer" by IGN for 2005 in the PC category, so Lucky Take-Two for having them aboard and lucky fans for the future games they will develop a game for.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i luv swat 4 and i will luv swat 5 even mo bedder than is lass tyme

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i luv swat 4 and i will luv swat 5 even mo bedder than is lass tyme

n3oS7oRm
n3oS7oRm

Bleh EA has to much marketing power, They are destroying creativity in the market. Although this headline is good news. What will EA try and take-over next THE WORLD?

Ummagumma
Ummagumma

"Spiritual successor"? Sounds like a direct sequel to me. Looking forward to it.

Predator_Soul
Predator_Soul

It's clear to me now. The words "Next gen-consoles" next to one of the best PC games ever made equals another Deus Ex 2 fiasco. This news coupled with the possible release of a real sequel from EA makes me lose all hope of ever seeing a well made PC game. Expect to see a simplified 'till stupideness interface and many more "Console" features at the expense of Mouse+Keyboard control(no inventory,just a healt bar and in the left corner the IQ of the person who's playing-> expect that to be very low). May SS2 rest in peace.Let's bow our heads in reverence for the last good game to fall to the new corporate money making era so well described in SS2.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

If some how this get through to someone at take two. DON'T RUSH THIS GAME

forever_blank
forever_blank

I doubt EA will take them over, just out of interest, but this is generally good news.

Chau_
Chau_

would be fun on rev with its awsome control system.. too bad this dev is a little short sighted :P

rencie
rencie

I hope they'll release more information about Bioshock soon. Based on the description of the game in the article, it doesn't sound too appealing at this point. I hope new information will change my mind on that.

SGTMUS
SGTMUS

hmmm System Shock 3.

mclazyj
mclazyj

This is good news. Now hopefully another Freedom Force game is on the way and I will be a happy man.

freham2001
freham2001

that would suck if EA took over Take Two, they are in charge of Rockstar, and that means GTA.........

quatoe
quatoe

This is good for Take 2, they got a good devoloper, and now they will rule the world

MrPsycohed
MrPsycohed

"Take Two aquired a great development studio." And dear GODS, don't let them screw it up. . . Don't forget to salt the fires!

THF2
THF2

I remember thinking that Bioshock sounded like an interesting game...that is until I forgot about it since there was no news about it for like ever.

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

So VU games still owns the SWAT License right? Or did take 2 take that also?

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

Take Two aquired a great development studio.

exclusiveburner
exclusiveburner

idc what happens as long as Elder Scrolls Oblivion comes out good

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

next week " EA takes over Take-Two" . . . I would neither be sad, nor surprised.

Mp5slipknot
Mp5slipknot

Wooo! That means Bioshock will be even more awesome!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Happy that Take-Two got them instead of EA.