Red Dead Redemption was clearly a success for Take-Two and Rockstar, but four years on there’s no been hide nor hair of a sequel, or even a PC port. Speaking at the Cowen and Company analyst conference, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick called the brand a permanent franchise like Borderlands or Grand Theft Auto.
“It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality,” said Zelnick. “[I]t seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others.”
Other Rockstar titles like Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto and L.A. Noire all ended up on PC, though we’re still waiting for GTA V. It didn’t seem crazy to believe that a PC port of Red Dead would make its way over to the platform. And over the years, there have been hints that this was going to be the case. But it still hasn’t happened.
With PC gaming going from strength to strength, and the tired old piracy excuse seeing less use, it would be a massive miss for Take-Two and Rockstar if future Red Dead titles did not take into account the platform.
Zelnick also touched on BioShock’s future now that Irrational is no more and Ken Levine has moved on to new things.
“We haven’t given any color on how you should think about it yet except we do believe it’s beloved; we think it’s important [and] certainly something that we’re focused on; something 2K Marin will be responsible for shepherding going forward,” Zelnick said.
“It hasn’t necessarily been realized yet,” he continued. “And the question for the future, assuming we decide to answer the question, would be ‘How do you stay true to that creatively?’; ‘How do you do something exciting?’; and ‘How do you do expand the market?’. That would be the natural drill. We’re starting from a good point on it. And certainly it’s been a great piece of business for us; it’s been a profitable piece of business.”