Take-Two reports its most recent financial earnings but it’s what the publisher said about Rockstar Games that has gotten the attention of Red Dead Redemption fans.
Publisher Take-Two reported its financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2017 yesterday and it was largely successful thanks in part to Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online. While that’s good news for the company, the part of the earnings call that might be most interesting for the average gamer is what was said about Rockstar Games.
GameSpot reports that Take-Two executives briefly touched on the GTA and Red Dead Redemption developer by stating that “Rockstar Games also is hard at work on some exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.” Now, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this from Take-Two. The company’s last fiscal report for 2016 said basically the same thing and here we are three months later, still waiting.
But for what it’s worth, this latest statement comes after a number of rumors regarding a new Red Dead Redemption have popped up over the last few months. Rockstar also made the original Red Dead backwards compatible for Xbox One in early July, leading to a sales spike of 6,000 percent. The latest rumor surrounding the franchise is that Rockstar will use its attendance at Gamescom later this month to make the official reveal for a Red Dead sequel. Fans shouldn’t get too hyped, however, as Take-Two has also previously said that the next Rockstar game will not arrive until April 2017 at the earliest.
Aside from Red Dead, the other obvious game that could have something in the works is Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar frequently updates GTA Online with new content but the single player mode has not seen any additions, at least from a story perspective. It’s true that Rockstar spent a lot of time after the game’s initial release in 2013 working on next-gen ports for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC but we have yet to see an expansion like Grand Theft Auto IV had with The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Given that the game is still performing well for Take-Two and has maintained an active player base thanks to GTA Online, an official GTA V expansion pack would seem like easy money.
As for Take-Two, the company’s revenue was $311.6 million last quarter, a 13 percent increase over a year ago. CEO Strauss Zelnick also identified NBA 2K16 and Battleborn as making positive contributions to the bottom line.