This 2018 should be a banner year indeed for the company as it sees the debut of the biggest title in Rockstar’s lineup since the 2013 premiere of Grand Theft Auto V, the game that has since gone on to become the most profitable media property of all time.
What exactly is in store for this fall/winter 2018? Well, we can go on ahead and burst your bubble with regard to anything new in the realm of another GTA game. We expect that Grand Theft Auto Online’s recent After Hours update could be followed by some more downloadable content later this year but we don’t that Rockstar will be unveiling work on the next GTA game just yet. After all, they have a lot of life left in their current game and Grand Theft Auto Online really shows no signs of slowing down as a cash machine and content generator par excellence.
But don’t let lack of news about a new GTA game get you down. If you follow Rockstar then you’re probably well aware that Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives later this year and looks set to cause as much of a stir in the market as Grand Theft Auto did in 2013. Not only does that have analysts giddy with anticipation about what Red Dead Redemption 2 could be but it also has the bean counters at Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive quaking with anticipation. If Red Dead Redemption 2 is even half the success that stablemate Grand Theft Auto V was for the company, Take-Two Interactive should have a prosperous year indeed.
That means a lot of the company’s focus as the year goes on is going to be in supporting its existing properties as well as laying the groundwork for the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. Currently riding on the wave of a few successful ports to the Switch, Rockstar is in no rush to bring out new IP and, if all goes well with Red Dead Redemption 2, should be in an even stronger position when it finally decides to make concrete announcements with regard to new titles or the future direction of existing games.
One persistent rumor dogging the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 is that the sequel to Bully, Bully 2 will come out shortly after the game but there’s no proof of this and the whole thing seems quite far-fetched. Though Bully is a beloved game, the show really seems to be all about Red Dead Redemption 2 as far as Rockstar is concerned this fall and quite a show it promises to be indeed. We expect GTA except for in the Wild West but, knowing Rockstar, we’re probably going to get an experience that’s unlike any we could have anticipated and one that is tough to beat at that.