Rockstar parent company confirms Red Dead Redemption ‘will keep going’
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Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two, confirmed Red Dead Redemption ‘will keep going’ just like James Bond.
Almost five years have gone by since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018 and fans are eagerly awaiting a third instalment.
The critically acclaimed western series began life with the lesser-known Red Dead Revolver way back in 2004. The game reached legendary status with the release of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption.
There’s no need to throw away hope or your cowboy hats any time soon as the third Red Dead Redemption game has been confirmed and will arrive at some point.
Given all the time that passed between the release of Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 (eight years) - not to mention the fact Rockstar is currently working on another hotly anticipated sequel, GTA VI, we probably shouldn't expect to see the third entry any time soon.
In recent news, Michael Unsworth, the vice president of writing, left Rockstar Games after 16 years last month. He worked on Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto.
During a chat with the Jefferies Virtual Global Interactive Entertainment Conference last year, Take-Two’s Strauss Zelnick compared his company’s massive franchises - including Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto - to James Bond, meaning they can keep going until they stop making money.
James Bond just so happens to be one of the biggest franchises ever, with all 27 films grossing around $21.3bn (£16.6bn) since the first film, Dr. No came out over 60 years ago in 1962.
So, it’s fair to say that Zelnick has lofty expectations for the two major franchises and there’s no end in sight.
"If it's really, really great, it will keep going," the CEO said. "I don't know if you saw it, I just saw the new Bond film, that was great. You would like every franchise to be James Bond. There are precious few entertainment franchises of any sort that fall into that category, but they do exist. And I think GTA is one of them, I think Red Dead is one of them, NBA is obviously one of them because the game will continue to exist.”
Zelnick said developers and game-makers could run the risk of burning out titles if they released new instalments annually, which is another reason we should be sort of thankful for the long wait.
"It also requires you to be thoughtful and willing to rest the titles, so you have a sense of, 'wow, this is a rare event,'" Zelnick explained. "I've always said that annualizing non-sports titles runs the risk of burning out the intellectual property, even if it's good. So we take the time to make something we think is incredibly phenomenal, and we also rest titles intentionally so that there's pent-up demand for that title, so it's a special event."
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