Well, as any Civ fan knows, the first two games in the series were published by Microprose. Microprose was purchased by Hasbro Interactive, who rereleased Civ II a couple of times under the Microprose name. Hasbro Interactive was sold by Hasbro to Infogrames, who released Civilization III, and both expansions. During those releases, Infogrames changed their name to Atari, a property that Hasbro had previously owned, and published the last Civ 3 expansion under that name. Sid Meier’s Pirates was also released under the Atari banner.
Though it’s not too important in the long and short of things, Firaxis, Sid Meier’s company, has severed ties with Atari after about 15 years of cooperation. I assume the current Atari management isn’t quite like the Microprose management of the early 1990s.
<A HREF=“http://www.take2games.com/index.php?p=games&platform=PC&title=civ4”>Civilization IV</A> (and the Xbox port of <A HREF=“http://www.take2games.com/index.php?p=games&platform=Xbox&title=pirates”>Sid Meier’s Pirates</A>) are both being published by <A HREF=“http://www.take2games.com/”>Take Two interactive</A>, the same company that publishes Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, and Midnight Club racing. Specifically, the new Firaxis games are being published by <A HREF=“http://www.2kgames.com/”>2K Games</A>, a new division of Take Two that was originally designed to continue the work of Sega’s sports division.
That really doesn’t effect the game at all, it’s just a bit odd to think that Civilization, one of the few PC games that makes you feel smart just playing it, is being published by the same people who put out State of Emergency. Well, at least they were smart enough to pick up the games. That shows that, while they’re primarily interested in making a buck, they know that there are ways to do it that aren’t completely cheap.
Oh yeah, and it’s coming out by the end of the year, and it hasn’t been shown at E3, or at least no one’s reported on it. Yippie.