Microsoft eyeing Duke Nukem and Max Payne?

A recent report claims that Take-Two Interactive's versatile lineup of products may be enough for Microsoft to consider a buyout of the company.

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Following the release of its Xbox console, Microsoft may be aggressively pursuing a variety of acqusitions in bringing more exclusive content to its console. According to a report in Business Week, which cites analysts' observations, Microsoft may be particularly interested in acquiring New York-based publisher Take-Two Interactive. Officially, Take-Two Interactive could not comment, saying that the merger talks are only rumors at this point. When asked about a possible buyout, Paul Eibeler, president of Take-Two Interactive, declined to discuss any specific mergers, but did say that consolidation in the industry remains a possibility.

Analysts feel that Take-Two Interactive's strong lineup of products, including Max Payne , the upcoming Max Payne , and Max Payne for the Sony PlayStation 2, makes the company particularly attractive to Microsoft--especially given its stock is undervalued and trading at about $14. GameSpot will continue to follow this story and will bring you the latest developments.

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