Take-Two has confirmed that they've got a whopping 93 games planned over the next five years, but where's Grand Theft Auto 6? During a recent earnings call, Take-Two President Karl Slatoff had a few interesting things to say about the publisher's immediate and long-term goals.
According to Slatoff, the publisher has a whopping 93 games in the works, referred to as "full game releases" and he teased that the upcoming launches will be the "strongest in our company's history." He went on to mention that 63 of those titles would be "core gaming experiences" with 17 being targeted as "mid-core or arcade" and 13 being aimed towards a more casual type of gamer.
As for what will be console and PC and what will be mobile, Slatoff expanded on his initial statement by mentioning that 72 of those launches will be on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia, while the remaining titles will be strictly mobile. 67 of those games will also be purchaseable while the remaining launches will be free-to-play experiences.
Half of that magical 93 will be expanding upon already established franchises with the remaining total being brand-new IPs. And before you ask, no; Grand Theft Auto 6 didn't come up in the call, sadly, but they didn't rule it out either! Given that the sixth entry in the franchise is widely anticipated by gamers all over the world, it's hard to imagine that they would leave out such a staple but with all of the rumors going around, it's likely they were being careful to avoid more targeted speculation.
Bully is another mainstay franchise that has been long-rumored to be in the works and is likely included in those numbers as well, though we don't have confirmation of that at this time outside of previous leaks already made public.
Realistically speaking, it's important to note that these are the games planned, which means plans can change and not all of these ideas are promised to see completion and launch. "This is a larger pipeline than we've had before, we've been talking about this for quite some time. Our expectation is that we'd like to keep up this velocity," he said. "It's really important for us to build scale, and this is one way that we're doing it. We need more at-bats."
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick weighed in on the different variables regarding their plan, saying:
"With our strong catalog, with our live service offerings, and with our annual releases, we can have great strength, even in a light year, even though it's not our goal to have a light year, and then do even better in the year when we're able to launch a number of titles, which is our strategy, and even better than that if we're fortunate enough to have a blockbuster title," Zelnick said. "And we have some of those as well. The variability in our results I don't think will ever go away, not when you have some of the biggest entertainment properties on Earth that don't come out every year—that can't come out every year if they are to remain the biggest titles."
Take-Two is one of the largest publishers in the world so it's no surprise that they have such grand plans over the coming years.
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