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Take-Two Interactive agree on acquiring Codemasters

Published: 18:10, 10 November 2020
Updated: 18:19, 10 November 2020
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You may want to get used to seeing Dirt 5 under Take-Two Interactive's banner as the publisher confirmed that Codemasters will be joining their ranks soon.

I know what you're thinking - brace yourselves for the incoming microtransaction tsunami, but no need to think about that just yet. Namely, the deal to acquire the British developer will be completed early in 2021, so there's still time to enjoy Dirt 5. 

As you're probably well aware, Take-Two's stable also includes Rockstar Games and 2K Games, and the publisher is of the opinion that Codemasters will complement the latter nicely. Codemasters are renowned for driving simulations, with quite a few iconic ones under their belt, so Take-Two's distribution channels will certainly come in handy. 

"Codemasters has a renowned history of creating some of our industry's most beloved and commercially successful racing franchises, and we believe that their offerings will be highly complementary to our sports portfolio and enhance further our organization's long-term growth", said Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick. 

Codemasters' tendency for annual releases played a no small part in Take-Two's decision, not unlike 2K Games' series like NBA 2K, WWE 2K, etc. It's safe to assume that F1 series will continue its release cadence in the future, just under another banner. 

Codemasters have just released the long-awaited driving simulation Dirt 5, with the PlayStation 5 version coming in a few days, and the early signs are pretty good. 

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Microsoft's release of Xbox Series X should net the developer some extra dough, and with all the next-gen improvements under their belt, we wish Dirt 5 a long and prosperous future under Take-Two's banner.

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