The Next Rockstar Game Won’t Release Before April 2017

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While Rockstar Games may or may still have a surprise or two in store at E3 2016, Take-Two confirms that its next big game won’t arrive until April 2017 at the earliest.

With E3 2016 under a month away, the rumor mill has started churning, getting fans excited for what may be revealed at the annual event. One such title, Red Dead Redemption 2, has been on many fans’ wish lists since the last game took players by storm back in 2010. Recently however, rumors have started to pop up about the next title in the franchise being readied for the show. Whichever game Take-Two is preparing for the public, it sounds like fans may have to wait a little bit longer until they’ll be able to get their hands on the next game from Rockstar.

During a quarterly earnings call with investors, Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick confirmed that the publisher is planning to only release five games the rest of this fiscal year which include Mafia 3, the recently announced Civilization VI, NBA 2K 17, WWE 2K17 and the previously released Gearbox title, Battleborn. Unfortunately, this pretty much confirms that fans won’t be seeing a new game from Rockstar Games or the recently leaked BioShock Collection until April 2017 at the earliest, when the new fiscal year begins.

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However, Zelnick did confirm that Rockstar is working on exciting projects that the company is planning to reveal soon. This information aligns perfectly with the previous confirmation that Take-Two plans to be at E3 2016 in a big way, suggesting that it may have a number of reveals in store for fans.

“Just to clarify, we’ve announced the entire release schedule for the year and that’s what you should expect our release schedule to be and that’s what our outlook is based on. Any changes would be performance based largely.”

While nothing solid regarding Red Dead Redmption 2 has ever been confirmed or revealed by either company as of yet, speculation has run rampart lately. Just last month, a NeoGAF user posted what he says is the in-game map for the unconfirmed western. Having been since removed from the site, the map appears to encompass an entirely new region for players to explore, with only the Great Plains area making a return from the previous title.

Rockstar Games is no stranger to releasing titles in the spring as most of its recent titles like Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto IV have launched either in April or May. Interestingly enough, the most recent Grand Theft Auto title released in the fall of 2013, while the next-gen versions continued that trend a year later. Only the PC version arrived in the Spring of 2015.

Are you disappointed that any upcoming Rockstar games won’t be available until April 2017 or do you think this is a wise move based on the increasingly crowded fall/holiday schedule? Let us know in the comments.