Warner Bros. has gobbled up Turbine:|
"The developers they're buying are first-rate." said Michael Pachter, game industry research analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. "It's showing they're really interested in quality."I personally wouldn't go that far in describing Turbine, who've been pretty abysmal in the MMORPG market, but hey, whatever works - the second paragraph does make it seem that what they really wanted was the LOTR Online license.
Acquiring Turbine will give Warner Bros. total control over all future video games based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings novels. Turbine holds an exclusive license to make an Internet-based game based on the books, while last year, Warner Bros. won a license to make non-Internet-based Tolkien video games.