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Rumour: Ubisoft, EA to buy out SCi, Eidos?

Rumour: Ubisoft, EA to buy out SCi, Eidos?

SCi, parent of Eidos, is rumoured to have entered into negotiations with both Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.

This is still a rumour for now - and one from The Daily Mail to boot - but apparently SCi, the parent company of Eidos is in negotiations with a number of other publishers about a possible takeover.

The negotiations have apparently been prompted by a 92 percent drop in SCi's stock price, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

The rumours come from an anonymous source who has told UK newspapers that SCi is currently in talks with both Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, both of whom who have had a track record of buying out other publishers and developers in the past. Warner Bros. Interactive, which has long been rumoured to be interested in SCi, is also hinted to be involved in the talks.

SCi and Eidos have fallen on hard financial times in recent years and while Lara Croft's reinvention has done a world of good for the publisher through the new Legend, Anniversary titles from Crystal Dynamics there's been a few weaker games too.

There's a number of obvious reasons why another publisher might be interested in buying out SCi. Not only would the move give the new owner control of the Tomb Raider and Hitman franchises, but Eidos is currently working on Deus Ex 3 and is rumoured to be working on a new Thief game too.

What have you thought of Eidos' latest releases and who would you like to see get control of those brands? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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liratheal 2nd December 2008, 11:23 Quote
When are we going to get one mega-conglomerate games company?

You know, like EA or Activision Blizzard, but with more games coming out.
OnyxLilninja 2nd December 2008, 11:44 Quote
'The Daily Heil' has reported SCi is staffed by AIDS infected, DRUG addicted, TERRORIST IMMIGRANT PAEDOPHILE SINGLE MOTHERS and selling it to Ubisoft or Electronic Arts is an insult to the good working people of this once great country.
Gunsmith 2nd December 2008, 11:54 Quote
SCi also made carmageddon which makes them rulers of the world.
StephenK 2nd December 2008, 12:13 Quote
Probably my most enjoyable gaming moments came from Thief 1 & 2 and Deus Ex 1. If there is going to be a takeover, I hope those titles will be kept in production.
UrbanMarine 2nd December 2008, 12:57 Quote
Nooooooo the evil EA empire can't do that!!! Nooooo
Kúsař 2nd December 2008, 13:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by StephenK
Probably my most enjoyable gaming moments came from Thief 1 & 2 and Deus Ex 1. If there is going to be a takeover, I hope those titles will be kept in production.

+1 on Thief trilogy. But I'm afraid that EA would force developers to make "casual" Thief game. And that would be fatal disaster...
StephenK 2nd December 2008, 13:38 Quote
Yeah. Thief, for me at least, was an all consuming passion. I can see why it's tempting to simplify it and expand it's potential customer base. This move would destroy it's exisiting base though so I hope they'll leave it alone.
Kúsař 2nd December 2008, 14:00 Quote
Exactly - it was hardcore game from the very beginning. Never heard of "causal gamers" playing it anyway(they never liked it). Playing it on expert difficulty is the only way to go...ha, I'll have to replay it once more. There are still gold coins which eluded my perception...
StephenK 2nd December 2008, 14:03 Quote
Yeah. I had terrible trouble getting the first game to play XP recently though. Even patched and tweeked to work it would crash regularly :(
Kúsař 2nd December 2008, 14:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by StephenK
Yeah. I had terrible trouble getting the first game to play XP recently though. Even patched and tweeked to work it would crash regularly :(

I'll PM you solution - I believe I found something about running game under XP with multi core CPUs.
StephenK 2nd December 2008, 18:23 Quote
Oh. Fantastic. Thanks Kúsař!
nukeman8 2nd December 2008, 21:43 Quote
thats aload of other great game sequels ruined.
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