EA and Crytek?

EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek on TG Daily (thanks Allen) is a story speculating about EA's interest in the German developer, saying: "According to article published in 'Die Welt,' EA's executive vice president and general manager of international publishing Gerhard Florin described Crytek as a 'very, very interesting candidate' for an acquisition." Of course I consider Angelina Jolie a very, very interesting candidate for a mistress, but that doesn't mean MrsBlue or Brad Pitt need to start lining up private investigators, so we shall see what comes of this.
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EA would actuire Crytek because they do not have a very strong foot hold in the FPS market, not because they want to crush the competition. EA's share of the FPS/Action genre is very minimal, even with the BF and MOH franchises and they see that area as room for growth. They aren't trying to screw Ubi's relationship with Crytek, because their no longer is a relationship with Ubi... my understanding of the Ubi Crytek relationship is that it went VERY sour after Far Cry.

EA wouldn't ice Crytek after Crysis either... they need them to continue to make games in the FPS genre, we are more then likely going to see them continue to develop FPS games if they are acquired, just that they would be forced to some EA rules (deadlines, target platforms etc.)

Lastly, Crysis is being published by EA already... it's not a Ubi property.

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I wouldn't be too surprised if Crytek is a target of destroy competition by acquisition (due to their close relation to UbiSoft which is definitely a target of EA... remember Ubi holds all Farcry rights and remember how EA attempted a hostile takeover of Ubi), meaning that all Crytek development would be put on ice after Crysis has shipped (I would guess that they have to deliver Crysis for Ubi by contract so the possible EA deal would not affect Crysis but only future products).
Origin, Bullfrog and Westwood suffered a similar fate. Who knows?
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