NBA 2K10 dunking on Wii
Visual Concepts-developed basketball franchise adding Nintendo console to this year's roster; studio also now behind 2K's MLB games.
Take-Two has had a busy day so far. In addition to announcing better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, Take-Two said it would be delaying Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption, releasing the second Xbox 360-exclusive chapter for Grand Theft Auto IV this fall, and launching BioShock 2 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 3. And all of that doesn't even touch on the publisher's plans for its 2K Sports label.
As part of a post-earnings conference call today, Take-Two's Ben Feder addressed the publisher's sports business, which has struggled to achieve profitability in recent years. Notably, Feder said that it plans to expand the reach of its NBA basketball games, revealing that NBA 2K10 will arrive on the Wii when it ships on multiple platforms this fall.
Feder did not mention which other platforms NBA 2K10 would be available for, though the well-regarded NBA 2K9 saw release on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and PC. "All of our sports products need to be multiplatform," Feder said. "As we said over and over again on these calls, Nintendo was a terrific and important partner for Take-Two, and we expect that to continue over time, and especially in our sports business."
The Take-Two executive also responded to questions regarding its MLB baseball franchise, the 2K9 edition of which launched to dismal reviews on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, and PC in March. According to Feder, 2K Sports last year shifted development of the franchise to Visual Concepts, the same studio behind the NBA 2K franchise.
Feder went on to note that it "takes the studio some time to show progress." Mentioning Take-Two's third-party exclusivity rights to the MLB license, he went on to say that "we're contractually committed to baseball and I don't see any changes happening there."
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