Take Two renews deal with Rockstar Games leaders

Game publisher Take Two Interactive has just announced that it has secured a deal that keeps the leaders of the company's Rockstar Studios brand around for at least a little while longer. The accouncement came as part of Take Two's quarterly financial numbers. According to the press release, "Sam Houser, Dan Houser and Leslie Benzies, key members of the creative team of Rockstar Games, have agreed to renew their long-term employment agreements with the Company on substantially similar economic terms."

Specifics of the new agreement were not revealed. However this would seem to secure the leaders of the edgy Rockstar Games brand for at least the forseable future. The Rockstar brand recently released the acclaimed action-adventure game LA Noire and has Max Payne 3 in the works. Of course the big Rockstar franchise is the Grand Theft Auto series and this new agreement would seemingly keep Rockstar's leaders through the development of the next game in the mega-selling series.

Take Two's financial results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31 were $1.14 billion in revenue, well higher than revenue in the previous fiscal year. Take Two generated a profit of $53.8 million for the fiscal year, up from a loss of $108.1 million for the same period a year ago.

Take Two's 2K Games brand has two game titles due out by the end of 2011 including Duke Nukem Forever on June 14 and The Darkness II this Fall. It still lists the first person shooter XCOM as coming out in its current fiscal year which ends on March 31 2012. Bioshock Infinite is due out in the calendar year of 2012. Finally Spec Ops: The Line is now expected to be released sometime the first half of Take Two's 2013 fiscal year (April 1-September 30 2012).

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