A recent leak gave us a ton of info about what might be found in Red Dead Redemption 2, including branching storylines, the return of the Dead Eye bullet-time mechanic, and a new mode called Battle Royale, widely believed to be inspired by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Now, Take-Two’s CEO has chimed in on the latter subject, and while he neither confirms nor denies the claims, he does offer a fresh perspective on the subject.
“I would just observe that someone else’s success is really interesting and we are obviously informed by what our competitors do,” CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a recent earnings call, referring to the PUBG phenomenon and upcoming battle royale modes that other developers have been promising to add. “But our goal is to be as innovative as possible. And titles, even really good titles that are derivative, never seem to do as well as innovations that are expected.”
Strauss pointed to the first Red Dead Redemption as an example, which flourished despite the fact that “the conventional wisdom was that Westerns don’t work.”
However, this doesn’t definitively mean that Take-Two won’t add a PUBG-style mode to Red Dead Redemption 2. While the company may not like being “derivative,” Take-Two still wants to please customers.
“Of course we play in the world and we’re informed by what’s going on,” Zelnick said. “It is our job to bring consumers what they want.”
Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release date was recently pushed back. The game will now launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 26th.