Last week, EA's long-term partnership with FIFA came to an end, with EA rebranding its football franchise as 'EA Sports FC'. FIFA subsequently stated that it will work with other developers using the FIFA brand going forwards, and it looks like one of those could be Take-Two Interactive.
In a discussion with IGN, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick stated that although the company has no plans to announce at this current time, it is nevertheless interesting in expanding its opportunities in sport, praising FIFA as a "great brand":
"We're definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in sports, and FIFA has a great brand and incredible clout, but we have no current plans to discuss."
Of course, Zelnick's quote comes as little surprise so soon after EA and FIFA split, and it's unlikely we'll hear anything on FIFA's future plans anytime soon, but the lavish praise certainly raises a few eyebrows. After all, one of Take-Two's core publishers, 2K, is responsible for multiple successful sports franchises, including NBA 2K, PGA Tour 2K, and WWE 2K. It's sensible to assume that, if Take-Two does enter a partnership with FIFA, then 2K will be the publisher to take the reigns.
What do you make of Zelnick's comment? Do you think Take-Two and FIFA will form a partnership in the coming months? Sound off in the comments below.