Take-Two CEO ‘heard frustration’ from #SaveRedDeadOnline community
For months now, the Red Dead Online community has been asking developer Rockstar for bigger updates to the game that live up to what Grand Theft Auto Online got, using the hashtag #SaveRedDeadOnline. So far, they have received little recognition for their movement, until today.
Speaking to IGN ahead of Take-Two’s quarterly earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he was aware of the community’s frustration, but added that fans should turn to Rockstar for an answer.
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“Rockstar Games is talking about upcoming updates, and we’re working hard on Rockstar Games,” he said. “I heard the frustration, it’s flattering that they want more content, and Rockstar will say more in due course.”
When asked if Take-Two intended to continue supporting Red Dead Online long term, Zelnick said that was the plan. [Update 2:45pm PT: Post-publication, Take-Two Interactive reached out to clarify that this comment was “solely referring to the online servers” and that any future content updates would be up to Rockstar.]
#SaveRedDeadOnline has been dogged on social media like Twitter and Reddit since January this year, when Rockstar released an announcement of new content for Red Dead Online that the community felt fell far short of the much bigger updates pushed into Grand Theft Auto Online. Since then, there have been a handful of other similar small updates, but nothing big enough to appease frustrated fans who feel Rockstar ditched their beloved game to focus on a much older game that has already received years of major updates and attention.
According to the latest earnings call, Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 44 million units worldwide, which Take-Two said in its report is “significantly above our expectations for the period, which is further proof of the continued popularity of Rockstar’s blockbuster entertainment experiences.”
Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.