• Take-Two Completes Acquisition of Zynga

    1 month ago - By VG Chartz

    Take-Two Interactive in January of this year announced it would acquire Zynga in a deal valued at $12.7 billion. It was the biggest deal in gaming history until later the same month when Microsoft announced its plan to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.
    Take-Two Interactive has announced it has completed its acquisition of Zynga with a merger agreement that is paying Zynga shareholders $3.50 in cash and 0.0406 shares of Take-Two common stock per share of Zynga common stock.
    "We are thrilled to complete our combination with Zynga, which is a pivotal step to increase...
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  • Microsoft Passed on Marvel's Spider-Man as They Wanted to Focus on Its Own IP

    Microsoft Passed on Marvel's Spider-Man as They Wanted to Focus on Its Own IP

    1 month ago - By VG Chartz

    Steven L. Kent's The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 2: Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and the Billion-Dollar Battle to Shape Modern Gaming book released last year, but some details on it have now appeared online posted on ResetEra .
    Head of Marvel Games Jay Ong in the book reveals Microsoft passed on Marvel's Spider-Man in 2014 as it wanted to focus on its own IP. Marvel would eventually work out a deal with Sony.
    "Being from console first-party in my past, I pinged both sides, both Xbox and PlayStation, and said, 'We don't have any big console deals with anyone right now," said Ong...
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  • Xbox Founder Ed Fries Says Game Pass is Great for the Customer, But Might Not be Great for the Industry

    Xbox Founder Ed Fries Says Game Pass is Great for the Customer, But Might Not be Great for the Industry

    1 month ago - By VG Chartz

    Ed Fries, the person who led the team that created the original Xbox at Microsoft, in an interview with Xbox Expansion Pass podcast discussed multiple topics, including Xbox Game Pass.
    He says Game Pass is a great service for the customer, but it might not be great for the industry as a whole as he compared it to Spotify.
    "The one thing that they are doing that makes me nervous is Game Pass," said Fries. "Game Pass scares me because there is a somewhat analogous thing called Spotify that was created for the music business."
    He added, "When Spotify took off it destroyed the music business...
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  • Xbox Declined Offer To Make Marvel Games, According To Marvel Executive

    Xbox Declined Offer To Make Marvel Games, According To Marvel Executive

    1 month ago - By Game Informer

    Executive vice president and head of Marvel Games Jay Ong has revealed in a book that both Xbox and PlayStation were approached about making Marvel video games but only one of the console makers accepted the offer.
    A look around the gaming landscape reveals exactly which one, too: PlayStation, the company with an exclusive Spider-Man franchise, and an upcoming Wolverine game. And over on the Xbox side, you won't find any new Marvel games developed by an Xbox studio because according to Ong, the company declined Marvel's offer, opting instead to focus on its own IP, as reported by Video...
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  • Spider-Man Could Have Been Xbox-Exclusive But Microsoft Turned Down a Marvel Deal

    Spider-Man Could Have Been Xbox-Exclusive But Microsoft Turned Down a Marvel Deal

    1 month ago - By PlayStation LifeStyle

    Marvel's Spider-Man PS5, PS4 exclusivity has often been a subject of debate among the gaming community, but it turns out, Microsoft passed up a potential deal with Marvel whereas Sony snagged it. Yes, Spider-Man could have been Xbox-exclusive but alas! The history behind Peter Parker swinging his way onto PlayStation platforms as part of an exclusivity deal has been revealed in Steven L. Kent's book The Ultimate History of Video Games Volume 2.
    How Spider-Man PS5, PS4 exclusivity came about
    According to Marvel's Jay Ong, his company wanted to replicate Marvel properties' box office success...
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  • Contrary to Popular Belief, There Was No Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Exclusivity Deal

    Contrary to Popular Belief, There Was No Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Exclusivity Deal

    1 month ago - By PlayStation LifeStyle

    Sony never struck a Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 exclusivity deal with Konami or Kojima Productions. Turns out, Hideo Kojima himself didn't want to release the game on the Xbox 360. That's according to former Kojima Productions employee Ryan Payton, who was interviewed by author Steven L. Kent for his book The Ultimate History of Video Games Volume 2.
    Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 released in 2008 to universal praise
    Considering the reception of Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3, it made many wonder why Konami didn't release the game on Xbox 360, especially since the console was extremely popular. The only...
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  • Marvel's Spider-Man Could Have Been an Xbox Game, but Microsoft Wanted to Focus on its Own IP

    1 month ago - By Gaming Bolt

    Last year's book, The Ultimate History of Video games, Volume 2: Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and the Billion-Dollar Battle to Shape Modern Gaming , aside from being a mouthful of a title, also contained an interesting detail about Marvel's history in gaming. Caught by ResetEra user Nightengale , the book reveals that Microsoft had passed on a deal with Marvel to make video games for Xbox.
    The book features quotes from Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price, and executive vice president and head of Marvel Games Jay Ong.
    According to Ong, Marvel had reached out to both Sony and Microsoft back in 2014...
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