Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature an online experience not unlike its modern spiritual predecessor Grand Theft Auto V, but publisher Take-Two Interactive does not expect the two experiences to clash.
Speaking during a recent earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick commented on the publisher’s enthusiasm for Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online experience.
“Obviously, we’re incredibly excited about the title. Not just Red Dead Redemption , but also the online offering to come,” Zelnick said. “So Rockstar will talk more about the title, but obviously, there is great anticipation both on the part of ourselves and consumers.”
Investors followed up by inquiring about the open-world game’s potential to compete with the widely popular Grand Theft Auto Online. Zelnick claimed that the only way in which the two experiences will compete with each other is in their quality.
“I’m fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal, in that entertainment properties don’t really compete with other entertainment properties. You never need entertainment. Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it’s not a need to have. If nothing in the market appeals to you at some time, there is no reason to go and get it, and if multiple things appeal to you, avid consumers will consume all of those things.
So, I don’t think there is any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases, apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So I think the success of [Red Dead Redemption 2], which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality, and I think that the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality.”
While fans wait patiently for the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, they can enjoy the steady stream of new content for Grand Theft Auto Online while keeping track of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s status via EGMNOW’s consistently updated coverage. Red Dead Redemption 2 is launching this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and while there is no official release date, retailer leaks may have given us idea about when the game is hitting shelves.