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More Bioshock and Red Dead Games Possibly In The Works
Red Dead Redemption released exactly 4 years ago in 2010, and was met with critical praise and commercial success. It went on to sell over 13 million copies and has won plenty of Game of the Year awards. If that isn’t any indication that a sequel is most likely in the works, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick all but confirmed that we should expect to be playing a new Red Dead game in the near future.
Zelnick responded to a question about why the publisher is “selective” when it comes to releasing games, saying that this approach, which Take-Two started since 2007, has allowed the company to avoid releasing its biggest franchises on a yearly bases and forcing it to fund, and take risks with newer projects. Zelnick also discussed how taking the latter approach will lead to some franchises eventually withering and ultimately, dying out completely. But interestingly enough, he did state the franchises that’ll remain permanent for the publisher.
“I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others,” Zelnick added. “But not everything is going to be a permanent franchise. We can do very well even if it’s not. I would like to see us grow with a couple more great franchises in the next couple years and we’re launching Evolve; we have very high hopes for that.”
Zelnick was then asked about the future of Bioshock, considering developer Irrational Games’ untimely demise and Ken Levine’s departure from the series he created. While he did not give out any specific details, he did state that the series still has a few games left in it.
“We haven’t given any color on how you should think about it yet except we do believe it’s beloved; we think it’s important [and] certainly something that we’re focused on; something 2K Marin will be responsible for shepherding going forward. I don’t want to say much else except to agree with you. I think there’s a lot of upside in that franchise,” Zelnick said. “It hasn’t necessarily been realized yet. And the question for the future, assuming we decide to answer the question, would be ‘How do you stay true to that creatively?’; ‘How do you do something exciting?’; and ‘How do you do expand the market?’. That would be the natural drill. We’re starting from a good point on it. And certainly it’s been a great piece of business for us; it’s been a profitable piece of business.”
There is a good possibility that we’ll be seeing a new Red Dead game at E3 but then again, developer Rockstar tends to avoid the big event every year. Either way, we’ll soon find out in two weeks time.