Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two (Rockstar Games’ parent company) reveals that Take-Two will be at E3 2016 in a ‘big way’, prompting speculation about Red Dead Redemption 2.
Although the event is still several months away, video game publishers and developers are already unveiling their plans for the annual industry bash, E3 2016. In the last few weeks, EA has announced its own E3 2016 plans, saying that it will switch things up a bit by hosting ‘EA Play’ sessions to give gamers hands-on time with its titles. Meanwhile, Bethesda announced its E3 2016 press conference (which will only be its second ever E3 presser) where the studio is expected to unveil more Fallout 4 news and details on Dishonored 2.
Also set to make a splash when the event kicks off in June is Take-Two, the parent company of 2K Games and Rockstar Games. In an interview with MCV, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that “we will be there in a big way” when asked about E3 2016 plans. The company does not traditionally host its own press conferences, but even so, the event will be one to watch.
MCV states that Zelnick was “tight lipped” on what to expect from the company. However, with new WWE and NBA 2K titles being a sure-thing and Battleborn and Mafia 3 set to be released before E3 2016 begins (Mafia 3 has a rumored April release date), fans have begun to speculate on what else Take-Two has up its sleeves.
Although Rockstar Games traditionally skips out on the E3 festivities, many hope that this is a sign the studio will finally announce Red Dead Redemption 2. The first Red Dead Redemption game was released all the way back in 2010 and is still as popular as ever. Fans were positively giddy when the game was (temporarily) released via the Xbox One backward compatibility feature and when it showed up in the Take-Two financial report, with 14 million units shipped since its release. It’s popularity and financial success are not the only reasons fans believe a new game will be on the way soon, though, as job postings from last year suggested that Rockstar San Diego was hiring developers to work on a new game.
Other possibilities include a new BioShock game and a showing from BioShock creator Ken Levine. Recently, BioShock: The Collection was rated for PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and some fans are hoping that this is to bring more fans into the fold before releasing a new game. All we know about Ken Levine’s game, on the other hand, is an open-world first person shooter but with no footage shown for the game (yet) perhaps E3 2016 would be a good platform for a full debut.