Take-Two Extends Contract With Key Rockstar Games Developers

Posted by patrickklepek (6417 posts) -
The Houser brothers aren't going anywhere.

Several key developers at Rockstar Games--Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies--have signed a new employee contracts with parent company Take-Two Interactive, keeping them firmly in place.

The news comes just as Take-Two has announced its fiscal 2011 results. Keeping the noted talent behind much of Take-Two's own bottom line is important, and something mentioned in many of Take-Two's own financial calls. The contracts were due to expire soon, though clearly that will not be happening.

Details of the agreement will never come out, but Take-Two says the new agreement comes on "substantially similar economic terms" to its previous contacts.

L.A. Noire, a collaboration between Rockstar Games and Team Bondi, was just released last week. Max Payne 3 is expected to the next release from Rockstar Games but is not listed on Take-Two's schedule. It is not uncommon for Take-Two to leave Rockstar Games productions off its schedule.

#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6417 posts) -
The Houser brothers aren't going anywhere.

Several key developers at Rockstar Games--Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies--have signed a new employee contracts with parent company Take-Two Interactive, keeping them firmly in place.

The news comes just as Take-Two has announced its fiscal 2011 results. Keeping the noted talent behind much of Take-Two's own bottom line is important, and something mentioned in many of Take-Two's own financial calls. The contracts were due to expire soon, though clearly that will not be happening.

Details of the agreement will never come out, but Take-Two says the new agreement comes on "substantially similar economic terms" to its previous contacts.

L.A. Noire, a collaboration between Rockstar Games and Team Bondi, was just released last week. Max Payne 3 is expected to the next release from Rockstar Games but is not listed on Take-Two's schedule. It is not uncommon for Take-Two to leave Rockstar Games productions off its schedule.

#2 Posted by botchmouth (4 posts) -

cool, more good games a comin!

#3 Edited by HatKing (6447 posts) -

I wonder if the contract has any stipulation about Take-Two being bought by another company?  I read a horror story a few weeks ago about Activision or EA wanting to buy Take-Two and annualize Grand Theft Auto. 

#4 Posted by GetEveryone (4531 posts) -

If we don't hear Max Payne 3 news soon I may blow a gasket.

#5 Posted by Batmeng (202 posts) -

Rich motherfuckers.

#6 Posted by FritzDude (2316 posts) -

Release GTA V already. Thanks.

#7 Posted by Gerhabio (1992 posts) -

As they should

#8 Posted by Surkov (1017 posts) -

Sounds good. Pay them any amount money to keep them happy, which in turn, keeps me happy. 

#9 Posted by Th3_James (2593 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:
If we don't hear Max Payne 3 news soon I may blow a gasket.

#10 Posted by Zabant (1333 posts) -

The Housers are one of the last bastions of brilliant British game developers, so they get all my support.

#11 Posted by MeatSim (10994 posts) -

Smart idea to resign them.

#12 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

KLEPEK YOU'RE ON FIRE 
 
KEEP THEM COMING BROSEF!

#13 Posted by DarkbeatDK (1593 posts) -

With 1,6 million copies sold in just a week, I'm not surprised.
 
I'd love to see the same kind of game, but set in the 80's. 
I guess it's not very "Noir", but just think about how awesome it would be! 
Winners don't do drugs!
 

#14 Posted by ApocalypseLater (119 posts) -
@DarkbeatDK said:
With 1,6 million copies sold in just a week, I'm not surprised.
 
I'd love to see the same kind of game, but set in the 80's. 
I guess it's not very "Noir", but just think about how awesome it would be! 
Winners don't do drugs!
 
I'm right there with you. Though some people think of it as a palette swap, there are so many games whose mechanics I'd love to see in different settings.  Hell, I'm still waiting for a Brothers in Arms game not set in WWII.
#15 Posted by Fjordson (2556 posts) -

Seems like they have total freedom over there, so good for them. Rockstar is as good as anyone in the business this generation so I can't wait to play their next game (whether that's Max Payne 3, GTA V, Agent or something else).

#16 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2454 posts) -

I can't think of a single reason they didn't deserve this.

#17 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

Cool. Dan Houser and Leslie Benzies are two of the most important producers in the industry.

#18 Posted by Winternet (8238 posts) -

As long as the radio DJ from Vice City is still on board, I'm ok with that. What was his name. Lazlow or something.

#19 Posted by lockwoodx (2532 posts) -
@Winternet said:
As long as the radio DJ from Vice City is still on board, I'm ok with that. What was his name. Lazlow or something.
He was the Vrock DJ. IMO tony was the best DJ because she played an older humbler version of herself in Liberty City.
#20 Posted by Winternet (8238 posts) -
@Buzzkill said:
@Winternet said:
As long as the radio DJ from Vice City is still on board, I'm ok with that. What was his name. Lazlow or something.
He was the Vrock DJ. IMO tony was the best DJ because she played an older humbler version of herself in Liberty City.
Yeah, she was Flash DJ, right? The two best, imo, in the entire GTA series. 
 
Later, I also enjoyed the VCPR w/ Maurice Chavez.
#21 Posted by MachoFantastico (5489 posts) -

Three awesomely talented dudes.  
 
Not surprised by this news. 

#22 Posted by blaakmawf (544 posts) -

I don't see how a Max Payne 3 -especially what has been shown so far- can be a good game.

#23 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4551 posts) -

This article seems to imply that the contracts very well might not have been renewed...  I guess I haven't been keeping up on this story enough.

#24 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

Do you guys remember when EA was trying to buy Rockstar Games?

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