It looks like fans of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption can look forward to many more installments of the western series in the future after Take-Two Interactive announced their plans to support the title as an on-going franchise. Speaking at the Cowen and Company analyst conference, Gamespot reported on May 29 that Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed the publisher’s commitment to continue to build the Red Dead series into a full franchise.
Take-Two Interactive’s plan is for additional Red Dead games to become a mainstay of the publisher’s future line-ups. Zelnick revealed that the series will be featured as a “permanent” franchise just like Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto titles by comparing the games to their other popular franchise such as Borderlands and NBA 2K.
Also mentioned to become another fully supported franchise for the publisher was the Bioshock series. The announcement comes as reassuring news to fans of the popular FPS who may have been worrying about the future of the franchise after the recent restructuring of the game’s development team. Putting the fears to rest, Take-Two plans to move forward with the series in the future.
In order to put their commitment to the Red Dead and Bioshock series into perspective, Zelnick stressed that not every game that Take-Two Interactive publishes will go on to become its own franchise. Additionally, comparing future Red Dead titles to the publisher’s staple release like GTA and Borderlands shows that they have high hopes for the franchise.
Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 only for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game follows former outlaw John Marston in an adventure set in the American west in open world mission format similar to Rockstar Games’ other series, Grand Theft Auto. In addition to the single player story campaign, the title also featured an online multiplayer mode which allowed players to compete in various matches or randomly roam together in the game’s full map.