While the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2's 2017 release has set the gaming world on fire, not everyone is seeing the new AAA project from Rockstar as a good thing. Namely, those fans of GTA 5 who have little to no interest in the developer's wild west franchise are worried that another major project will prevent Rockstar from supporting the massively popular online title with further free content updates.
GTA Online is one of the most popular non-F2P games currently, in spite of its age. One of the contributing factors of this is the constant stream of free DLC - a model many predict will be carried over to Red Dead Online - keeping the game fresh. However, a massive AAA project is a pretty big undertaking, and Rockstar have set the bar pretty high. When so much is at stake, clearly they'll focus efforts on RDR2?
Well, on the one hand, yes, but on the other hand, Rockstar Games is a massive developer with studios across the globe. The development of Red Dead Redemption 2 won't prevent the team from continuing to support their massively popular multiplayer venture. Then again, it's not like they are taking resources away from RDR2 in order to keep the gift of GTA Online being given.
A recent call to investors from Take-Two Interactive's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, to disclose their quarterly earnings report, saw one particular investor voice similar concerns. Zelnick was quick to dispel any such worries, as he assured that Rockstar is more than capable of tackling both projects without either suffering in terms of quality.
Rockstar Games has enormous bandwidth to work on multiplicity of opportunities simultaneously, and I think we all can be really proud of their ability to do so and to delight consumers while delivering experiences that critics resoundingly rate as perfect or very nearly perfect. So we’ve an enormous amount of confidence in that label and their performance, and we’re incredibly excited about what is to come.
So let your worries be laid to rest - neither Red Dead Redemption, nor GTA Online will suffer from concurrent development. Rockstar Games has more than enough employees and resources spread across multiple studios to be able to keep both projects afloat. Zelnick also took the time to describe their mentality regarding quality over quantity - a mantra not all AAA publishers share.
Our creative teams are encouraged to focus on something they’re highly passionate about. And then I would say, we are all, everyone, at this company is laser-focused on quality. And again, even that doesn’t always work out according to plan but more often than not, it does.
So there you have it. Whether you're a fan of Red Dead, GTA, or both, you need not point fingers at one or the other for fear of it's support or development starving the other. Rockstar has a lot banking on both games, with GTA serving as a current major source of income, and Red Dead Redemption 2 as a potential future major hit.
Were you worried for the future of either game due to concurrent development?