Rockstar Games under pressure from Take-Two to make more games claim rumours


When are Rockstar going to make anything other than GTA and Red Dead? (pic: Rockstar Games)

New rumours suggest that Take-Two are leaning on Rockstar to make more games more quickly, but also to make them shorter.

As crazy as it sounds, it’s now seven years since Rockstar made a new game and it seems as if owners Take-Two Interactive are beginning to get as fed up of it as fans already are.

Of course, being one of the most successful video games ever made does make Grand Theft Auto 5 a special case, especially as its online content is constantly being updated, but it seems Take-Two would prefer shorter gaps between new releases.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick implied as much back in June last year, when he said of future plans: ‘It’s possible that games may be a bit shorter than they were in certain instances.’

‘It’s possible that the ability to deliver content on an ongoing basis for a long time after an initial release of a hit would mean that perhaps that initial release wouldn’t be as long in terms of number of hours of gameplay as previously had been demanded in a world where that was all you were getting.’

Zelnick wasn’t specifically referring to Rockstar when he said that, rather Take-Two in general, but YouTuber SWEGTA now claims that Rockstar is under pressure ‘to return to their more frequent game release schedule.’

It’s implied this would mean more smaller titles such as Bully and Manhunt, the likes of which Rockstar hasn’t made for years, as well as have an impact on larger scale games like GTA and Red Dead Redemption.

Given Zelnick’s earlier comments it certainly seems like something Take-Two (and fans) would like to happen but Rockstar are notorious for doing their own thing.

There’s still no clue as to if and when a GTA 6 might be released and with the next generation of consoles coming up it’s likely the current priority for Rockstar is simply creating a new version of GTA 5 for them.

But the implication is that Take-Two as a whole will also be stepping up their release schedules, as despite being one of the biggest publishers around, and having another cash cow in NBA 2K, they release very few other games.

The newly announced Bioshock game seems to be one attempt to reverse this, but that won’t be out for years. So it remains to be seen how much influence Take-Two can exert over Rockstar and how much they can increase their own output.

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