You may or may not have heard, but it was recently recently announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed till early next year. While fans where left disappointed with the news , many other publishers saw this as a huge opportunity for what remains of 2017. One such company is EA, and they will be hoping to capitalize on RDR 2’s delay by further strengthening their own offerings for the remaining calendar year.
During EA’s recent earning call, CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the delay provides ‘a little bit of oppurtunity’, both for EA and other publishers. He also added that major titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 can help the gaming industry flourish.
“What we’ve found historically, we’ve had many times where we’ve gone into quarters that looked daunting because of the competition. Think back to (Grand Theft Auto 5) 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.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be the newest game from Rockstar, following the massive success of GTA 5. However, developer Take-Two doesn’t think it will match the success of GTA 5.
Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO, revealed that the company doesn’t expect RDR 2 to achieve the success of GTA 5, nor does he think it will be on the same level as GTA 5. He also added that even though the game has been delayed, the games release date does not matter.
Red Dead Redemption is the upcoming sequel to the highly successful Red Dead Redemption. It is an open world action game set in the Wild West, and is being developed by Rockstar Games. The game is scheduled for release in early 2018, and is a console exclusive, although we might see a PC port of the game