Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, fundamentally believes in the single-player experience, despite a rise in live services both at Take-Two and across the industry. During an earnings call this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said its Rockstar Games label has always been known for its excellence in storytelling and single-player, and you should expect the company to continue to invest in this with its projects going forward, despite the rise of GTA Online.
“The folks at Rockstar Games intended to create a powerful single-player experience a story driven experience. And Rockstar has always been known for great stories and great single-player experiences and then developed in addition, a massive multiplayer opportunity over the past years,” he said.
Zelnick said Rockstar’s ability to have success in both single-player and multiplayer within its games demonstrates that the developer doesn’t have to choose–it can have both. GTA Online and Red Dead Online set new player records in 2020, while the base games themselves also continues to reach new sales milestones. GTA V is now up to 140 million copies sold while Red Dead Redemption 2 has climbed to 36 million.
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