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Tecmo to Square-Enix: NAW THANKS

Team Ninja and friends have publicly declined last week's acquisition offer in favor of a proposed merger with...Koei?

Don't look for her toting a gigantic sword anytime soon.
There's news all over the place this morning--so here's the story at Kotaku--that Tecmo has flat-out rejected last week's takeover bid by RPG supergiant Square Enix. Friendly or not, the deal would have assuredly left beleaguered Tecmo playing second fiddle to big ol' SE, and recent scuttlebutt has indicated the controlling interests at Tecmo want to keep the company as independent as possible. Those of you hoping for a vastly increased mammary quotient in your Final Fantasy will sadly be left out in the cold. (That's giant boobies, to the layman.)

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. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Don't look for her toting a gigantic sword anytime soon.
There's news all over the place this morning--so here's the story at Kotaku--that Tecmo has flat-out rejected last week's takeover bid by RPG supergiant Square Enix. Friendly or not, the deal would have assuredly left beleaguered Tecmo playing second fiddle to big ol' SE, and recent scuttlebutt has indicated the controlling interests at Tecmo want to keep the company as independent as possible. Those of you hoping for a vastly increased mammary quotient in your Final Fantasy will sadly be left out in the cold. (That's giant boobies, to the layman.)

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.
Posted by Judoka

Everybody watch out for the Dynasty Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Edition and it's endless sequels.

Posted by MattBodega

I'm still waiting for Gallup Racer 2008. You have to get through a Let's Gamespot Episode as quickly as you can so you can get out the office for Thanksgiving.

Posted by mubress

Tecmo, Tecmo, Tecmo!!

Posted by mrfluke

first there was dynasty warriors then came samurai warriors but in fall 2009 the world will be introduced to................... NINJA WARRIORS
thats basically how i see this fucking merger will turn out wither that or we will see a ninja gaiden game using thhe mass numbers tech that the dynasty warriors games use which is essentially NINJA WARRIORS

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Good use of sturm und drang!

Posted by jangofett88

Dead Or Alive Extreme 3! Finish the Match! 2009

Posted by Alphazero

Sturm und Drang are the respective names of her left and right boobies.

Posted by Lookin2GetSmoked

lohl.  B00Beeeeeeeeeez!!!!

Posted by deaux

Team Ninja is developing the next Aerobiz game.  God, let that be true.

Posted by PLWolf

Sweet!! I hope it goes through and we get Ryu Hayabusa in a Samurai Warriors game. :D
Yes I'm being serious, as I am of a small group of westerners who love the DW and SW series. 

Posted by Milkman

This is when Tecmo starts pumping out Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games yearly to compensate for losing Itagaki.

Posted by BenderUnit22

I could certanly go for a Final Fantasy Xtreme-3

Posted by vgmkyle

The three new games sounds awesome.

BUT KOEI IS ASS!!!!

Posted by KingdomHearts93

I wonder what Koei offered Tecmo that S-E didn't