Red Dead Redemption 2 release date delay could mean more to GTA 5 Online fans
The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date has been pushed back so that developer Rockstar can focus on key areas that still need attention.
Fans had feared that a delay announcement was on the cards, Rockstar have a track record of needing more time to finish big projects.
While Red Dead Redemption 2 will not be arriving this year on PS4 and Xbox One, there is another title that looks set to capitalize.
It was thought to be the final hurrah for the popular multiplayer title, with Red Dead Redemption 2 also known to be getting a big online mode.
But with the delay of its big rival, it appears GTA 5 Online fans can look forward to more focus in the future.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick spoke more on the subject to MCV UK, confirming that titles with strong recurrent spending, such as GTA 5 Online, would be the main focus for the company over the next few months.
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"Now we have an opportunity to focus on catalogue and focus on recurring consumer spending," Zelnick told MCV.
"We start by trying to delight consumers, so the question is can we build that engagement, and if we can, that engagement will translate into economics.
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"What's exciting is even with a rather light frontline release slate – only our sports titles – we're still expecting to have an excellent year.
"So we feel gratified by that. It's only really a six-month move [for Red Dead Redemption 2] and while we don't take these things lightly, Rockstar feels more time is required to deliver the excellence that they're hoping for – the excellence that consumers expect – and we respect their views.
“It's a choice that's occasionally been made in the past, and it's a choice that's always paid off."
Speaking about GTA 5 and GTA Online's continuing popularity, Zelnick added: "What's driving this is that consumers love this title and want more of it."
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Many fans have been hoping for something connected to Red Dead Redemption 2 being shown during one of the big conferences, even though Rockstar hasn’t done so in a long time.
And while not mentioning it by name, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick has confirmed that the parent-publisher won’t be looking to make a big splash this year.
"It will be an interesting year for us," he told MCV UK.
"We're not really showing products. We have a corporate presence at E3, and we're excited to be there.
“We'll be meeting with investors and meeting with the press naturally, and meeting with retail partners.
“I think it's an important show and it's important for the industry, and it's very important for us as the number three company in the space to be there."
This suggests that nothing too mind-blowing will be revealed about Red Dead Redemption 2 during the expo, although it doesn’t totally rule it out.