Rockstar Games may have deemed “Red Dead Redemption” ready to show off, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ready to to ship on time. Take-Two decided the game warranted a few extra weeks of polish and announced that they’ll move the release date to May 18th in North America — several weeks past its original April deadline. The shift came accompanied with the postponement of “Mafia 2,” which didn’t get a date, but will reportedly be out by the end of October.
“We shifted the launch of the game by several weeks into the third quarter,” Take-Two president and CEO Ben Feder told listeners during a quarterly financials conference call, according to Kotaku. “We believe this is the optimal time frame to release what is being hailed as the next generation of sandbox games.”
It’s notable that the vanguard for this “next generation” doesn’t include a revealed GTA title yet for Take-Two, and that seems to be the context for the case Feder tried to make to shareholders.
“’Red Dead Redemption’ was delayed into Q3, which ironically we believe actually helps Q2 earnings as it is unlikely to be a profitable title given the over 3-4 years of development costs and very heavy marketing spending,” Signal Hill Capital Group analyst Todd Greenwald said in a note to investors, according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Whether or not it turns out to be profitable, I’m optimistic about “RDR,” and though I’m sure Take-Two would like to see it balance out their year-to-year planning with another GTA-caliber franchise, I really just want it to be as good as “Bully” with horses and hold-ups.
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