Rockstar likes to launch a brilliant game every few years and then disappear into the abyss; this time, they are back, and they are bringing a sequel to Red Dead Redemption – but only on the Xbox One and PS4.
It seems Rockstar intends to follow the same formula they perfected with the Grand Theft Auto V release; the GTA V release came at a time when the console generation was transitioning – Rockstar had a unique opportunity.
The GTA V Saga
Rockstar released a version of GTA V for the Xbox 360 and PS3 initially, followed by a version with extra features such as the first-person camera for Xbox One and PS4 a year later. The PC release took another year and came with higher resolution textures and other PC-centric features.
Essentially, Rockstar managed to sell the same game two times – or three, for those who game on both console and PC.
It’s not like Rockstar needed to do this – GTA V broke six different world records on day one, including one for generating the highest revenue by an entertainment product in 24 hours by grossing over $800 million. It took Rockstar three days to make that a billion dollars.
Those figures are for the original 2013 launch by the way – only the Xbox 360 and PS3 – the triple-dip trick only helped Rockstar make even more with the Xbox One, PS4 and PC releases.
One billion dollars in three days is impressive enough – but it’s even more impressive when you realize that the game only took about $137 million to develop, and $128 million to market, totaling the investment at $265 million.
It is evident, why Rockstar would want to replicate this. At the moment, Rockstar has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming out for the Xbox One and PS4.
Perhaps a PC release can be expected in two years’ time, but that is a mere hope and speculation at this point.
For now, Rockstar plans on releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 during Fall of 2017; hopefully, we will get to see some part of the gameplay at E3 2017 next year.
We will update this post with the trailer when it is released.
UPDATE: Trailer’s out.