CVG says: Microsoft Game Studios corporate VP Shane Kim has said that the platform holder wouldn't follow EA's lead, and make an offer for GTA publisher Take-Two.
Kim said Microsoft is unlikely to take on EA's seemingly unsuccessful $2 billion bid for Take-Two, because MS 'doesn't have any past relationship' with the publisher - and the price isn't too pretty either.
The Xbox man also said that MS wouldn't have taken on EA's $860m purchase of BioWare/Pandemic, for the same reasons as above.
"We have a tremendous amount of respect for our friends at BioWare and truly enjoyed our publishing relationship with that studio," Kim told Game Daily. "However, we didn't have any relationship or past experience working with Pandemic or Take-Two, so that is a major hurdle for us to overcome, especially at their prices.
"Without discussing the relative merits of each of those situations, I'll just say that we're not motivated by the actions of others and instead try to focus on the best places for us to invest our financial and human capital," he continued. "There's an awful lot you can do with $3 billion!"
EA's $2 Billion offer to Take-Two's shareholders expires today, seemingly leaving them with the option of upping their price, or leaving the GTA house for someone else to buy.