Red Dead Redemption 2 can achieve great sales success without impacting on the continued success of Grand Theft Auto 5 and the GTA Online player base.
"We obviously believe continued engagement with GTA Online is driven at least partially by the ongoing content creation which people love," explained Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in response to an investor question during last night's Q3 earnings call.
He continued: "On Red Dead, I'm fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal. And that entertainment properties don't really compete with other entertainment properties and that you never need entertainment. Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it's not a need to have. If nothing in the market appeals to you at some time, there's no reason to go and get it. And if multiple things appeal to you, avid consumers will consume all of those things.
"So, I don't think there's any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So, I think, the success of Red Dead, which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality. And I think the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality."
Gamers only have a finite amount of time in which they can play, so Red Dead 2 is bound to take a share of the player base from other titles. Whether or not these players come from GTA Online remains to be seen.
Source: Take-Two IR via Seeking Alpha