In a new interview, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick talks about the company’s interest in Nintendo’s NX console, eSports, and the potential impact of VR.
As E3 winds down for another year, the gaming world is taking stock into who and what impressed the most at this year’s event. While Nintendo’s press conference was one of the more notable showcases due to the impressive hands-on demo of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there was still a decent amount of buzz around Nintendo’s upcoming NX console, despite confirming months ago that the NX would skip this year’s E3. The NX’s absence has not stopped people from talking about it, and it has even caught the eye of the CEO of a major video game publishing company.
In a new interview The Street, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked about the upcoming Nintendo NX, to which he replied that there is definite interest in the console from the publisher.
“It could be very exciting. You never want to count Nintendo out. They go quiet for a while and then they come to market and do something really exciting. We are very interested and watching closely the development of what Nintendo plans to do next.”
While this is far from a confirmation that Take-Two will bring its games to the NX, this could be promising development for both Nintendo and Take-Two. With rumors that the NX is more powerful than the PlayStation 4, bringing some of Take-Two’s most popular franchises – which include Grand Theft Auto and the Red Dead series – over to the NX seems like a no-brainer, as not only should the NX easily handle some of the company’s graphic-intensive games, it will also expand on Take-Two’s current player base. Given that Nintendo had recently stated that it wanted the NX to concentrate on “content” rather than “teraflops”, a partnership between Take-Two and the big N appears to make sense for both companies.
Zelnick was also asked about VR and its prospects, particularly Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR, to which he replied cautiously that while “there’s a lot of excitement about virtual reality“, there is still “not a lot of software yet in the marketplace“. Despite giving praise to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and its VR headset, Zelnick currently remains unconvinced as “[Take-Two] still don’t know how the consumer will respond to VR“.
And finally, Zelnick briefly talked about eSports and its growing fanbase, and while he was very positive about Take-Two’s involvement and the potential for growth in the sport, he expressed that it “remains to be seen over time” whether it could be a sustainable long-term prospect for the company.
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Source: The Street