Since the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, players around the world could not wait for the time when Rockstar announced a sequel to Red Dead Redemption. For this reason, Take-Two, which owns Rockstar Games company, was not surprised by the public reaction when Red Dead Redemption 2 was shown in October.
In a presentation at MKM Partners, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, said that while the positive public response was not a surprise, the company felt “satisfied”. In fact, “the enormous anticipation” by Red Dead Redemption 2 caused its trailer revelation to get more visitors than they expected.
Whereas one of the most anticipated games of recent years, Rockstar and Take-Two must ensure that Red Dead Redemption 2 has a similar success of its predecessor. Zelnick is aware of that, but he feels quiet as he believes it is the right time to launch it.
“The conventional wisdom was of course that a western wouldn’t work. We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again–and that’s not meant to be cute,” said Zelnick.
Finally, Zelnick said that players “can expect there to be great story elements and great gameplay elements” and “provide an incredible emotional depth.”
In related information, Sony announced that it reached an agreement with Rockstar Games to “select content” for Red Dead Redemption 2 to be first available on PlayStation 4. On the other hand, analysts say the expected title will be a success.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 before the end of the autumn of 2017.