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EA says to Take Two, “We dont want you”

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:03PM EST

All you gamers hoping for some weird Madden NFL-Grand Theft Auto mashup — we hate to burst your bubble — it’s not gonna happen. After 6 months of wrangling that started just prior to the release of GTA IV (we think EA wanted a piece of that action), EA announced on Sunday that it has terminated discussions with Take Two. This decision came on the heels of an agreement between the two companies in August in which EA dropped its hostile takeover bid while Take Two revealed its 3 year product plan in private.  We can only assume by EA’s reaction (running away as fast it can) that Take Two’s upcoming games must be really, really abysmal. Or they had all their money invested in Lehman Brothers…