The CEO of Take-Two Interactive discusses the possibility of bringing franchises like Bioshoc and GTA to mobile after the Zynga acquisition.
Take-Two Interactive hasn’t had the best press lately. It’s only been a few months since the disastrous release of the remastered Grand Theft Auto Trilogy, and gamers will undoubtedly look with suspicion on Rockstar’s parent company for a while. Now, it looks like Take-Two is keen to bring several of their popular franchises to mobile.
Take-Two Interactive recently acquired mobile game developer Zynga for a whopping $ 12.7 billion. As a result, the company now appears to be exploring the possibility of bringing games like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, BioShock, Mafia, Nightclub, and more on mobile devices.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick recently discussed the Zynga acquisition during an investor presentation. The presentation included a slide illustrating the complementary nature of the portfolios of the two companies. The slide contains four quadrants, one of which is titled “Portfolio of Iconic Console / PC Gaming IP” and includes the franchises mentioned above as well as Civilization, Max Payne, The black, Kerbal Space Program, and NBA 2K. The quadrant below contains a collection of Zynga mobile developers. An arrow titled “Possibility to bring Take-Two’s console / PC properties to mobile and add new game modes” links the two. Meanwhile, the other half of the slide looked at the potential for cross-platform support for Zynga’s mobile title library.
Take-Two has had some success in the past in bringing its games to mobile. For example, Android users can already play Civilization 6, the Firaxis-developed XCOM games and several RGT titles on their mobile devices. While the quality of some of these ports is questionable, they show that Take-Two has already invested heavily to grow in the mobile gaming market. Moreover, it seems that the ambitions of the company are not limited to only existing gaming ports either. During the Q&A segment of the presentation, Zelnick developed the potential for new mobile and free titles based on Take-Two’s core intellectual property.
One of the most interesting franchises on the table is Nightclub, the arcade-style racing game series from Rockstar. The most recent game in the series was Midnight Club: Los Angles. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2008, with a scaled-down PSP version later that year and a Competition Edition in 2009. Considering the franchise has been dormant for 14 years, it’s a bit strange to see Nightclub listed alongside Take-Two heavyweights as Dead red and RGT.
Fans might see a Nightclub mobile title very soon. However, that may be too read in a passing mention. The presentation also lists Nightclub as one of Take-Two’s best-selling franchises of all time. Thus, its inclusion may have more to do with past profitability than specific plans. Always, Nightclub fans may want to keep an eye out for future announcements from Take-Two Interactive.
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