Apparently, earning $1 billion in digital sales has made an impression on how Rockstar views its games. Thanks to the success of Grand Theft Auto Online, it looks like future Rockstar Games, including Red Dead Redemption 2, will have a much stronger focus on online multiplayer, at least according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.
In a recent interview, Zelnick claims that “Rockstar’s activities have been transformed by Grand Theft Auto Online” when talking about potential earnings for the 2019 fiscal year, which starts in April 2018 and ends March 2019.
After the success of Grand Theft Auto Online, it was clear that Rockstar was going to at least expand the first Red Dead Redemption‘s multiplayer for the sequel, but “transformed” is a strong word that makes us think Rockstar has big plans for Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online component, maybe at the detriment of future single-player DLC.
On top of that, Zelnick’s projecting that Take-Two games will earn “$2.5 billion net sales minimum” for the 2019 fiscal year, when Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled to launch. Part of that number could include money-making factory of Grand Theft Auto Online, which Rockstar continues to support. But it’s fair to assume that not only will initial sales of Red Dead Redemption 2 help with that goal, but so will microtransactions from Rockstar’s cowboy sequel, which Take-Two has been clamoring for.
Source: VG 24/7