Take-Two busted out its latest financial earnings report. It’s typical stuff, full of terms like “GAAP,” “EBITDA,” and “EA needs to step the hell off,” but like any good business report from a publisher, they snuck in a few meaningful details about games.
The biggie is that the company has confirmed another BioShock game. They call it a sequel, list it as BioShock 2, and say it’ll hit sometime around November of 2009. The loose talk that’s been going around lately has proven true, as the game’s being built north of the Golden Gate at 2K Marin.
Now, the rest of that loose talk pegged this new BioShock game as a prequel. It still could be. I wouldn’t take a feature-less mention in a financial report as gospel for things like titles and plot points. Saying “BioShock 2″ is just easier to feed to investors and analysts. Personally, I’m pulling for the prequel angle, as I’d rather see how Andrew Ryan’s Ayn-Rand-fan-fiction-in-city-form vision breaks bad in the first place.
No platforms are attached to the announcement, but I’m going to go out on a very safe and sturdy limb and say it’ll be 360, PC, and PS3 this time around. I don’t know, I’m still sort of half-waiting for the first game to come to PS3 as some kind of Director’s Cut or something like that. But this would have been as good a time as any to let that info out, if it was going to happen.
The other breakouts in the press release include a new mini-golf game for the Wii, which is going to ship as Carnival Games: Mini-Golf, just to piss off everyone who thinks that Carnival Games is one of the dumbest things to happen to the Wii, even if it did ship a million copies. Get ready to hate on it all over again, it’s coming to the DS this summer. Also, the company bought the developer of Mafia II and renamed them to 2K Czech. Because they’re located in the Czech Republic.
Because they were nice enough to include a handy chart in their report, here’s what the rest of Take-Two’s fiscal year looks like:
Carnival Games (DS)
Carnival Games: Mini-Golf (Wii)
Don King Presents: Prizefighter (360, Wii, DS)
Grand Theft Auto IV (360, PS3)
Grand Theft Auto IV episodic content (360)
MLB 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
Midnight Club: Los Angeles (360)
NBA 2K9 (”multiple platforms”)
NHL 2K9 (”multiple platforms”)
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (360, PS3, DS)
Top Spin 3 (360, PS3, Wii, DS)