View Full Version : Take Two buys PopTop, merges it with Firaxis

09-03-2006, 19:03:58
Well, the word is out. Take Two bought up PopTop (maker of Railroad Tycoon 2 & 3, Tropico, Tropico 2, and Shattered Union among others). Promises to merge the company with Firaxis.

So what's this mean? Well, PopTop will be shut down, and their properties will be remade with Sid's name, of course. I expect that they will announce "Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon 4" is in production fairly shortly.

Tau Ceti
09-03-2006, 19:12:25
Well, Sid did make the original Railroad Tycoon...

09-03-2006, 19:15:26
I really like PopTop, hope getting gobbled up doesn't ruin their work.

Wasn't Tropico2 (the pirate one, right?) done by another company?

09-03-2006, 22:16:56
I thought they kicked it out as well, rather then outsource it. I guess I could check my copy and see what it says.

09-03-2006, 22:22:47
I'll be eagerly awaiting yet another "Sid Meier's..." follow-up that's not actually made by Sid Meier.

10-03-2006, 04:31:33
Take 2 is getting huge, the days of the small publisher are ending.

10-03-2006, 15:15:12
Ironically, small publishers are flourishing on the internet. The more people that get broadband, the more gaming money there is to support the small and indy publishers.

Now, brick and mortor retailers, yeah... they seem destined to buy up each other until there is only EA left. ;)

13-03-2006, 21:16:33

16-03-2006, 19:04:42
Ha! Called it!

Take Two announced today that the next Firaxis product is "Sid Meier's Railroad!" the sequel to "Railroad Tycoon 3" will be shipping in time for the winter shopping season.

Sid is quoted saying "We are glad to be able to get back to our roots and publish one of the greatest games ever made in the history of the world."

What's expected? A minor update to PopCap's RRT3 engine.

17-03-2006, 00:30:20
What did I tell you!

I love being right.

17-03-2006, 04:21:52
RRT3 would have been fantastic (for me) if you could compete against the computer in a sandbox game

Still finished the scenarios and had a lot of fun with it - but it didn't have any replayability for me

17-03-2006, 21:12:42
Speaking of games that Sid had nothing to do with, but he's cashing in on, did you see the announcement about Firefly's latest Sim Rome game? It's titled, "CivRome" now. They've got Sid's permission to use the "Civ" in their name. :lol:

Resource Consumer
30-03-2006, 13:18:33
So, whenever the Discovery shows a programme like "The Beginning of Civilisation" they have to pay Sid? He owns the word?


30-03-2006, 21:39:57
Actually, the Discovery Channel did use one of the "Total War" games to display combat between ancients in a series a while back. That was very funny. I suppose it was cheaper then hiring a few hundred extras and putting them into costume though. ;)

30-03-2006, 21:47:05
It was the history channel you dolt.

30-03-2006, 23:00:07
Hrmm... Well, you are right about that. It was a History channel series wasn't it? I must be thinking of the Discovery Channel's special showing off how far regular gaming graphics had progressed, that they were being used now in TV productions. They are owned by the same company, aren't they? They do share a bit of programming between the two channels.