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2K Games to Publish Sid Meier's "Pirates"

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Posted by Jeremy on May 2, 2005 10:43 AM
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2K Games (a publishing branch of Take-Two) today announced that they will publish Sid Meier's Pirates! for the Xbox. The game has you play the role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean. Your goal is to amass fortunes and become the baddest pirate on the seas. The game is due out this summer, so get your Xboxes ready...just don't throw it in the water to see if it floats. For more info on the game, visit the official site

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2K Games Announces Expanded Partnership with FIRAXIS Games; 2K Games to Publish Sid Meier's Pirates!

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2005--2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and FIRAXIS Games announced today the acquisition of publishing rights to Sid Meier's Pirates!. Pirates! for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft will be released by 2K Games this summer. Also included in this expanded partnership between 2K Games and FIRAXIS Games are publishing rights to the previously released PC version of Sid Meier's Pirates!.

Separately, 2K Games had previously secured publishing and distribution rights to Sid Meier's Civilization back catalog of products and will begin publishing these titles as of July 1st.

"It's very exciting to strengthen our relationship with FIRAXIS Games, a development studio that consistently produces games of the highest quality and with mass consumer appeal," said Christoph Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Publishing for 2K Games. "Sid Meier's Pirates! makes an excellent addition to the 2K Games summer lineup, and we also look forward to expanding our catalog of products with the Civilization titles."

"Sid Meier's Pirates! was one of the most acclaimed PC titles of 2004," said Jeff Briggs, Founder, President and CEO of FIRAXIS Games. "Now with 2K Games on board, we're ready to bring the same fun and innovative experience to Xbox gamers across the globe. It's great to work with a publisher like 2K who shares our vision for bringing the very best interactive entertainment to audiences worldwide."

"Pirates! for the Xbox brings the re-imagination of our legacy brand to new audiences in new ways, said Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development at FIRAXIS Games. I think Xbox gamers will be pleased with some of the assets and experiences we've been able to add because of special opportunities the platform offers."

In Sid Meier's Pirates!, players take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean - amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize a rightful place as one of the most revered and feared pirates in history. Players test their skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3D world. Some of the many additions for the Xbox version of the game include two new 2-4 player console-exclusive mini-games, Xbox Live leaderboards and content downloads, support for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and HDTV resolutions and much more.

Sid Meier's Pirates! is rated T for Teen. For more information please visit www.2kgames.com or www.firaxis.com.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(TM) handheld entertainment system, Xbox(R), Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.

For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

About FIRAXIS Games

Home of legendary designer Sid Meier, FIRAXIS Games was founded in 1996 by veteran gaming executive Jeff Briggs, designer of Civilization III and many other industry blockbusters. One of the world's premier independent game development studios, FIRAXIS has created some of the most successful and award-winning computer games on the market. The company's most recent hit titles include: Sid Meier's Pirates!; Sid Meier's SimGolf; and the blockbuster hit series Sid Meier's Civilization III, which has sold more than 3 million copies. FIRAXIS has a rich legacy of great games including: Sid Meier's Gettysburg! and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri! FIRAXIS will release the eagerly anticipated Sid Meier's Pirates! for Xbox in Summer 2005 and Sid Meier's Civilization IV in November 2005. FIRAXIS is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Sid Meier's Pirates! is a registered trademark of FIRAXIS Games. FIRAXIS Games is a registered trademark of FIRAXIS Games. For press inquiries contact Kelley Gilmore (kgilmore@firaxis.com).

For info on FIRAXIS Games visit www.firaxis.com.

Microsoft, Xbox, and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them. The Company has no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary significantly from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of factors. These important factors are described in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2005 in the section entitled "Cautionary Statement and Risk Factors."









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