Having recently secured the publishing rights to a number of high profile titles from developer Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive has announced its acquisition of the studio, which will now form part of the 2K Games publishing label.

Founded in 1996 by Jeff Briggs with legendary games creator Sid Meier serving as director of creative development, Firaxis' extensive range of published titles includes Sid Meier's Civilization series, Sid Meier's SimGolf, Sid Meier's Civil War series and the Sid Meier Alpha Centauri series. The company's creative partnership extends as far back as 1990 when Briggs and Meier worked at MicroProse, and Take-Two also owns a number of Meier-created Microsoft properties.

Christoph Hartmann, managing director of 2K Games commented: "Firaxis Games is among the most innovative and successful development studios in the industry. The Firaxis and 2K Games union is a strong fusion of creativity and vision that will continue to result in the development of innovative games with mass appeal."

"2K Games has already been a tremendous partner to Firaxis in the marketing and release of Sid Meier's Pirates! and Sid Meier's Civilization IV. We're excited about all of the possibilities ahead of us as we work together to explore new ideas, new products and new consumer markets," said Sid Meier.

2K Games recently published the latest instalment in the globally successful Sid Meier's Civilization series, which has received tremendous critical acclaim. No specific details regarding new titles in development following the acquisition have been released so far.

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