Firaxis' Civilization IV has been snapped up by Take-Two in a deal that sees the publisher purchasing "certain rights" to the smash hit Civ franchise. What that means we're not quite sure, but Take-Two has also signed a multi-title publishing agreement with Firaxis Games that sees the two companies forging a long-term partnership.
Civilization IV will be the first title to be released under the new partnership, to be published in late 2005 on Take-Two's 2K Games label, with the pair also set to produce future expansions for the next Civ game and further titles for PC and consoles, which you'd expect to stretch into the next-gen given the time frame.
Described as "a bold step forward for the franchise", Civ IV is said to boast "spectacular new 3D graphics and all-new single and multiplayer content" along with setting "a new standard for user-modification, allowing gamers to create their own add-ons using the standard Python and XML scripting languages."
Speaking about Civilization IV, What Cardigan pin-up boy and director of creative development at Firaxis, Sid Meier said: "In Civilization, we've created a world with endless possibilities that has been embraced by game players all over the globe. With the upcoming addition of Civilization IV, our core fans and newcomers alike will enter a world of unparalleled scope and detail."