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Square Enix and Warner Vying For Eidos

East battles West and to the victor goes the Lara!

That could TOTALLY be Tifa! THINK ABOUT IT!
Eidos is one of those publishers that seems to constantly be involved in some takeover talk. These days, however, the drama sounds like it's leading to bids from competing companies.

MCV is reporting that both Warner Bros. and Square Enix preparing bids to take over Eidos. Other reports concerning Ubisoft and EA showing interest have also surfaced, but the Warner and Square bids sound much more serious.

Apparently Square Enix has even been checking in on Eidos' assets, including a visit to IO Interactive from Yoichi Wada. Square's been making noise recently about wanting to be more relevant to the Western markets. I'm not really sure that picking up the company that does Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Age of Conan is the best way to accomplish that task, but hey, I guess I'd rather play any one of those games than the last few Final Fantasy games, so maybe they're onto something.

Warner Bros., however, already owns 20 percent of Eidos, giving them a leg up on everyone else. MCV estimates that Warner would need to spend another $80 million to totally control Eidos.

Still, it'd be interesting to watch Square Enix influence the next batch of Eidos releases. Would Agent 47 be painted as a more reluctant hero who kills all his foes with an oversized sword in Hitman X-2? Will Kane be able to summon an Esper form of Lynch to breathe unholy fire over all of their foes for 9999 damage apiece in Kane and Lynch II? Will whoever steps in and takes over finally put out a new Fear Effect game?
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Posted by Jeff
That could TOTALLY be Tifa! THINK ABOUT IT!
Eidos is one of those publishers that seems to constantly be involved in some takeover talk. These days, however, the drama sounds like it's leading to bids from competing companies.

MCV is reporting that both Warner Bros. and Square Enix preparing bids to take over Eidos. Other reports concerning Ubisoft and EA showing interest have also surfaced, but the Warner and Square bids sound much more serious.

Apparently Square Enix has even been checking in on Eidos' assets, including a visit to IO Interactive from Yoichi Wada. Square's been making noise recently about wanting to be more relevant to the Western markets. I'm not really sure that picking up the company that does Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Age of Conan is the best way to accomplish that task, but hey, I guess I'd rather play any one of those games than the last few Final Fantasy games, so maybe they're onto something.

Warner Bros., however, already owns 20 percent of Eidos, giving them a leg up on everyone else. MCV estimates that Warner would need to spend another $80 million to totally control Eidos.

Still, it'd be interesting to watch Square Enix influence the next batch of Eidos releases. Would Agent 47 be painted as a more reluctant hero who kills all his foes with an oversized sword in Hitman X-2? Will Kane be able to summon an Esper form of Lynch to breathe unholy fire over all of their foes for 9999 damage apiece in Kane and Lynch II? Will whoever steps in and takes over finally put out a new Fear Effect game?
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Posted by Arkthemaniac

NOT SQUARE ENIX! Wait . . . NOT WARNER! Wait . . .

Those are the two assiest choices in history!!
Posted by AdventChild

Damn you and your anti-Square agenda.  I happen to love Final Fantasy games.  And I'm probably the only teenage, spiky haired kid with emotional difficulties who thinks this.

Posted by BiggerBomb

I'd care, but Eidos makes crappy games. Square also makes crappy games. Furthermore, I don't...really care?

Posted by OmegaPirate

More Fear effect god-dammit, those games were fucking phenomenal

Posted by asian_pride

Wow...

Posted by asian_pride

Wow...

Posted by Coldbrand

If only Eidos were actually relevant today.

Posted by jangofett88

Tomb Raider: Chrystal Chronicles. You heard it here first.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Square Enix and Eidos? Well, I would have never seen that one coming, I must admit.

Posted by AndrewB

Square Enix Eidos... Or SquEEnix.

Seriously, what would Square do with Eidos properties? At least both Square and Enix made RPGs nearly exclusively.

And wait... Square isn't already effective in the Western market? Okay, that may be true if you cut out the whole Final Fantasy franchise, but you can hardly do that when it's the franchise the company is known best for. And on top of that, how would buying up a bunch of overused and hardly A rated properties from Eidos? Hitman is great, but never gets the credit it deserves. Tomb Raider has been garbage since after game one up until now (supposedly, with the latest game recieving a bit of praise from most of my own sources).

Posted by Pibo47

I just need a new hitman. And ill be happy.

Posted by bcfish

oh jeff, kane and lynch again........and you should play more final fantasy!!!

Edited by Milkman

I don't see what Square Enix would possibly want with Eidos.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Tome Fantasy: Final Raider

Posted by Death_Burnout

Square Enix and Edios as one is like a crazy man's Fan Fiction

Posted by Media_Master

yeah....right

Posted by StarwindX9

Goddamnit... Square... what happened to the good ol' days?

Posted by Cubical

Edios sucks who would want them?

Posted by Poltergeist13

As Eidos has become a non contender in the publishing arena, they still have 2 of my fav franchises....Tomb Raider & Hitman.  So if Square Enix buys them I hope they keep 'em around.

Posted by Pepsiman

Maybe Square-Enix thinks this company with such a PR/reviewer stigma makes it a spicy buy or something?

I don't know. I generally gave up on trying to understand economics and business practices a long time ago. In the meantime, I'll twiddle my thumbs until it turns out that Tomb Raider 11 is a console MMO which is successful for generally incomprehensible reasons.
Posted by jamBOT

Get your Eidos away from my Enix

Posted by pause422

No idea who would want to buy complete shit, but hey, go for it. Then again this is Square, who has pretty much become a laughing stock of a company.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Bring back Thief? 

*light gem turns white*

damn!

Posted by JackSukeru

About the pic. Yeah, I can totally see Tifa all badass in a suit with a gun.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Fuck no, if square enix influences eidos we will have JRPG Hitman and Tomb Raider crossovers.

Posted by Snail

Take 2 was fucked up by EA, Eidos is next, prepare to drop 30% in the markets!

Posted by atejas
ahoodedfigure said:
"Bring back Thief? 

*light gem turns white*

damn!"
I'd rather they didn't, considering what little we know about Deus Ex 3.
Posted by Destroyeron

I'm with Cubical.

Cubical
on Dec. 4, 2008
Edios sucks who would want them?
Posted by atejas
Destroyeron said:
"I'm with Cubical.

Cubical
on Dec. 4, 2008
Edios sucks who would want them?
"
Say what you will, but they have some of the best franchises ever to their name(Thief, Deus Ex, etc.)
If they were actually in the hands of a skilled developer(ie neither of these) then there would be a great reason for celebration.
Posted by dQuarters

Are Japanese devs getting this desperate?

Whatever. As long as EA and Actiblizzion don't get 'em.
Posted by AuthenticM

Shame on you Jeff, the last few Final Fantasies were awesome!

Posted by jakob187

Where's EA when we need em?