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Tecmo to Square-Enix: NAW THANKS
by Brad Shoemaker on
Team Ninja and friends have publicly declined last week's acquisition offer in favor of a proposed merger with...Koei?
Apparently, maintaining that independence instead involves hooking it up with Koei--with whom Tecmo is on a much more level playing field--to establish some sort of "little-second-tier-Japanese-publishers-that-could" scenario. The merger talks have just started, but if this deal goes through, will both companies bring their respective experiences to bear--Tecmo with Gallop Racer and Koei with G1 Jockey--to create the first true horse-racing simulation powerhouse? I don't think the world is ready.
UPDATE: Just so you don't think it's all sturm und drang over in the Tecmo camp these days, company reps have started talking about event plans at the Tokyo Game Show next month, and Shacknews mentions that Team Ninja will supposedly have not one but three--count 'em, three--new games to announce at that time. Under the Itagaki regime, Team Ninja always seemed like a one-game-at-a-time, my-way-or-the-highway sort of operation to me, so I'm curious to see how Tecmo is shaking up their operational procedures now that his iron grip has been removed.