Ubisoft is not the only happy studio for the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2. During a recent conversation with investors, Electronic Arts CEO Blake Jorgensen said that this delay is “a little bit of opportunity” for his company. However, he also noted that such games can help grow the entire industry, including hardware.
“What we’ve found historically, we’ve had many times where we’ve gone into quarters that looked daunting because of the competition,” Jorgensen said. “Think back to [Grand Theft Auto V] when it came out, and what we actually found is it grows the overall market. It drives console sales. Oftentimes, many of those titles get bundled to help drive or reduce the price of a console for the consumer, and it drives excitement in the marketplace, and we like that. It benefits the consumer and it benefits us because it generates a lot of buzz around games.”
Jorgensen also told investors not to worry, because in his plan he never contemplated the game of Rockstar. “So I don’t think it bothers us, but it excites us, I’d say instead,” Jorgensen noted. “And you might remember, no [Red Dead Redemption 2] that was originally in the plans for our third quarter, fourth quarter of the calendar year, so that does open up a little bit of opportunity, I think, for everybody.”
For its part, Take-Two said earlier this year that the release date of Red Dead Redemption 2 is not important. According to the company, if the game is good enough, people will buy it no matter when it is available.