The success of Grand Theft Auto V was astonishing enough but it is the online module, GTA Online, that has surprised even Take-Two Interactive.
Speaking with Games Industry at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2017) last month, chief executive officer Strauss Zelnick revealed that it now sees Rockstar Games in a new light. What the developer has managed to achieve with GTA Online is nothing short of remarkable. As such, the parent company has taken several cues and while it did not admit out right, it is only logical to assume that we should expect a similar online experience in upcoming games from the studio.
“Obviously we know what Rockstar tends to do. And Rockstar’s activities have been transformed by Grand Theft Auto Online,” he stated.
The next major project from Rockstar Games is the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. The developer has already confirmed that the sequel will feature “a new online multiplayer” experience but has yet to drop details. Looking at how Rockstar Games already has a winning formula in hand, Red Dead Redemption 2 should boast an online component very similar to what we have already experienced with GTA Online. If anything, it could be even larger in scale and ambition.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally slated for a release later this fall but was pushed into the next year. The delay, while disappointing, will only ensure a more polished launch.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will hit shelves in spring 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC version is off the table for now but who knows, maybe Rockstar Games will announce it for a launch later on. It did the same with GTA V, releasing the PC version nearly a year later.