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Thank god that never happened. Otherwise Square would have been shuttered a long time ago, and we would have been forced to play a FF themed Kinect Sports.



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But instead they bought Rare. Great choice.



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glad they didnt.



There's not really a chance Microsoft could buy EA, is there? They just seem too big.

EA gets justifiably crapped on 24/7 but that would be an enormous get for them, assuming it meant those license monopolies EA has came with it.



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glad they didn't, don't think it would be a good thing if really happened that deal



So they were responsible for the art direction of FFX-2.



It all makes sense now.



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Johnw1104 said:
There's not really a chance Microsoft could buy EA, is there? They just seem too big.

EA gets justifiably crapped on 24/7 but that would be an enormous get for them, assuming it meant those license monopolies EA has came with it.

 I doubt it. One company can’t just buy another on a whim. EA saw a small bump in the road from BF2, and they pretty much recovered from that overnight. EA would have to be in a dire predicament to where they chose to either sell themselves or their shares for MS to even have the opportunity. Even if EA was willing to be bought, I seriously doubt MS isn’t going to fork out $40+ billion for something that isn’t a guaranteed high reward. Same story with them possibly buying Valve. Really, EA and Valve should be considered protected properties, given their huge pretense in the PC. MS buying them would pretty much give them a monopoly over the PC market, which is illegal. 

Plus on a side note with EA, they likely have several contracts going with Sony for years to put games like Madden, FIFA, and Battlefield. MS buying EA would still mean they have to honor those contracts, so why bother if it will change very little for Xbox? 



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Too bad they didn't. Couldn't possibly have turned out was than the merger with enix did.



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