Leading into their quarterly earnings call, Take-Two CEO spoke to IGN regarding the Red Dead Online’s community banding together and creating the #SaveRedDeadOnline movement. Unlike its counterpart Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead hasn’t seen the same number of significant updates to the game which has gotten fans frustrated. Since the beginning of the year, #SaveRedDeadOnline has popped up across various social media channels such as Reddit and Twitter. It started when the update that was released during that time for the game wasn’t on par with what was included for GTA Online during that same time. There have been other, little updates for Red Dead Online but nothing like what GTA Online has gotten like content featuring Franklin from the main Grand Theft Auto V story as well as Dr. Dre in The Contract. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that he was aware of the community’s frustration and says that it’s up to Rockstar on future content updates for Red Dead Online.
“Rockstar Games talks about the updates that are coming, and we’re working on an awful lot at Rockstar Games,” Zelnick said. “I’ve heard the frustration, it’s flattering that they want more content, and more will be said by Rockstar in due time.” Zelnick also said that the company plans to continue supporting the game long-term. Take-Two later clarified that Zelnick’s comment was “solely referring to the online servers” and that any future content would be up to Rockstar.
The latest earnings call revealed that Red Dead Redemption II has sold over 44 million units worldwide. Take-Two said that it’s “notably above our expectations for the period, which is further proof of the ongoing popularity of Rockstar’s blockbuster entertainment experiences.”
The earnings call revealed that the Grand Theft Auto series has now shipped over 375 million units. Grand Theft Auto V has passed 165 million units which are 44% of all GTA sales.