Take-Two has “no current plans to discuss” for FIFA after splitting from EA

As EA and the FIFA brand part ways, a big question on everyone’s lips is: who will acquire the FIFA license to continue developing more football games? One possibility is Take-Two Interactive, but at the moment the company isn’t saying whether or not it will be the official football publisher.

Speaking to CEO Strauss Zelnick ahead of today’s conference call, IGN asked if Take-Two was considering working with FIFA to expand its existing sports offering in the future.

“We’re definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in esports, and FIFA has a great brand and incredible influence, but we don’t have any current plans to talk about,” Zelnick replied.

It’s understandable that Zelnick can’t say much for now, as if a deal is currently being discussed it will likely be behind closed doors. But Zelnick’s praise for the brand isn’t the only reason to think Take-Two might be interested. The publisher is one of the few who could afford the supposedly very expensive license and already has a track record of success in sports titles with NBA 2K, WWE 2K and everything he works on with the NFL.

EA and FIFA announced their split earlier this month, with EA citing the desire for more creative freedom and the expensive license as reasons to go their own way with EA Sports FC going forward. FIFA has confirmed it will continue to release games under the FIFA name, but has not yet said who it will be working with to make this a reality.

Even if Take-Two is aiming for the FIFA license, we won’t be manifesting it for a while as EA still has FIFA 23 ahead of it. With 18 releases planned, Take-Two has a busy year ahead anyway. According to Take-Two’s earnings report, six of those are “core immersive titles”: The Quarry, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, NBA 2K23, WWE 2K23, PGA Tour 2K23, and Kerbal Space Program 2 (which has been confirmed to be coming soon). 2023 from this morning, after previously pushed until sometime between April 2022 and March 2023).

Also in the works are eight mobile games, a new sports title from 2K (probably his NFL arcade game), a new Private Division franchise, Tales from the Borderlands 2, and “a new iteration of a previously released title available for purchase.”

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The publisher also gave a few updates on existing game sales, including NBA 2K22 which has sold over 10 million copies, GTA V which has sold over 165 million copies and Red Dead Redemption 2 which has sold over 44 million copies. Strangely, no sales figures were provided for WWE 2K22, but sales in the first four weeks after release surpassed both WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20 for the same period.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine. Take-Two has “no current plans to discuss” for FIFA after splitting from EA

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