Publisher Take-Two Interactive has assured fans that the upcoming launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 will not distract developer Rockstar from continuing its content support of Grand Theft Auto Online.
During a recent investors call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick responded to concerns that GTA Online would be overshadowed by the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 this fall. According to Zelnick, Rockstar considers the support of GTA Online to be independent from RDR2‘s launch, with neither affecting the other.
“We don’t really talk about pacing of content, and I’m not sure we even think about it that way.” Zelnick told investors. “We create great entertainment experiences and when they’re ready we deliver them to consumers. And so we don’t have any kind of metronome quality to the creation of any of our entertainment experiences here. Rockstar Games has said they intend to continue to support Grand Theft Auto Online, and that support of Grand Theft Auto Online has nothing to do with the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. These are different projects and they stand independent of one another.”
There seems no need for concern that Rockstar would abandon a game that recently became the third best-selling game of all time. Admittedly, Grand Theft Auto V has been on the market for several years, but considering GTA Online just had its busiest month more than four years after launch, Grand Theft Auto V likely isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
GTA Online may not have had this busy month if Red Dead Redemption 2 had hit its originally projected release window, but after several delays, fans finally learned when they can once again venture into the wild west. Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to launch October 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.