Take-Two Interactive president Karl Slatoff and several Chief Financial Officers gave a rare insight into Take-Two’s company business model as well as commented on the current state of DLC and subscription models for gaming at the Cowan and Company 46th Annual Technology, Media, & Telecom Conference.
The company officials clued games to the inner-workings of one of the most silent, mysterious, and prolific publishers in the business. Perhaps the most pertinent comment was directed towards the traditional DLC model, which Slatoff believes can still be effective, despite the recent uptick in “Online” or subscription-based services. Slatoff likely views microtransactions differently as Red Dead Redemption 2 is already confirmed to feature microtransactions, but every game is approached on a case-by-case basis.
Slatoff’s comments may reveal what Take-Two is planning for Red Dead Redemption 2 DLC. Many speculated that DLC and online content would be similar to Take-Two’s other smash hit Grand Theft Auto 5. But if Slatoff and the rest of Take-Two are not married to this model, then there is a chance that Red Dead could feature more single-player centric DLC fans are accustomed to.
The fact that the Red Dead and Grand Theft Auto 5 teams are separate entities completely independent of each other further supports this theory. So GTA Online should still receive ample updates and additions. It sounds as though the DLC Red Dead Redemption 2 receives will depend on the type of story the game sets out to tell. If it is more character driven then GTA and emotional, it would be surprising to see it get GTA style DLC.
Other observations from the conference included why games are taking longer, which Take-Two’s higher-ups remarked is in order to ensure the highest quality product being put out. This is especially true with DLC content because if publishers want consumers to spend money on content that expands on a story then it better be a good story to begin with.
Slatoff also stated that Take-Two does not cut features in order to make deadlines. Instead, the company prefers to make sure the game in question is what it sets out to make or even better. Fans should take solace in this as Red Dead Redemption 2 suffered a huge delay last year.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release October 26, 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.