About a month ago, publisher Take-Two announced that it had agreed to buy Codemasters, the UK’s best-known racing franchise. It would have helped fill the gap in the output of the Take-Two genre-it’s not very effective with current racing game methods-but those plans have been put on hold due to an obvious bid by Electronic Arts. It may be.
According to Sky News, Electronic Arts has made an offer larger than Take-Two’s £ 725m and is likely to be released on Monday. Codemasters doesn’t seem to agree with EA’s offer yet, and the publisher declined to comment on the question from Sky News.
Take-Two has the potential to rekindle the Midnight Club franchise with Codemasters talent, but it makes sense for Electronic Arts to buy such a renowned racing studio. Criterion Games has succeeded in Need for Speed and has resumed franchise development, but Need for Speed has been struggling overall in recent years. More racing experts to contribute to the next game may be of great value to EA.
The acquisition of Codemasters by both companies is far from the biggest acquisition announced in 2020, but it will be big news every year. Microsoft has agreed to purchase Bethesda Softworks for $ 7.5 billion. This marks the second-largest acquisition of the gaming industry in history, following Tencent’s $ 8.6 billion purchase of Supercell. Microsoft’s contract has not yet officially expired. This means Bethesda, which currently needs to operate legally as a separate entity, provides Microsoft with one of the best game studio rosters in the world.