After Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick announced one of the largest acquisitions in game industry history, he named his company’s largest franchises. It included some expected names and one outlier – Midnight Club, which hasn’t seen a new release since October 2008.
Speak to Investor call, Zelnick explained how his new acquisition aims to help Zynga bring its largest franchises to the mobile phone. Previously, Zelnick cited some of the company’s key features: “Our labels are home to some of the world’s most famous brands, including Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Midnight Club, NBA 2K, BioShock, Borderlands, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Mafia and Kerbal Space Program. “
It’s a list of heavy-hitters from all of Take-Two’s developers, but Midnight Club feels a little out of place. Every name on this list has seen a new release in recent years, or is currently seeing a new one developing – with the exception of the Rockstar-developed Racing Series at which Midnight Club: Los Angeles was released in 2008 before it went dormant.
It’s not exactly clear why Zelnick mentioned the game in this context, although he may be hinting that the series will get a mobile version in the future. In Zelnick’s presentation to investors, Midnight Club is also included on a list of console and PC franchises that Take-Two sees as potential opportunities for mobile development.
That same line of games is listed elsewhere in the presentation as one of the company’s top franchises, with more than 5 million units sold – so it could be that its inclusion on the list was simply because it was part of them Category is, and not any future plans. Zelnick also understandably said that it was “early days” for Take-Two and Zynga to work together, which means it is entirely possible that there are no plans.
Anyway, it was an unexpected addition to a list of games we’re much more used to from Take-Two – and it did not go unnoticed by the fans.
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