Take-Two CEO thinks single-player games will play key role in company’s future

A few years ago, video game companies suddenly started saying single-player games were dead, in favor of promoting live-service models and for most major releases to have some sort of multiplayer connectivity. While publishers like EA thought maybe single-player games were a thing of the past and online games were the future, thankfully, that wasn’t the case for others in the industry.

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, for example, also thinks single-player games are here to stay. During the company’s recent quarterly earnings call (via MP1st), Zelnick said he doesn’t believe single player games are dead as they will play a key role in the future of the company, mentioning Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto as examples.

Zelnick said: “There was a time when a few of our competitors took the position that only one player was dead. We have never taken that position. We know there is a role for a single player. I believe there will be a role to play in the future. Then there are some games that are only meant to be multiplayer experiences.

“Rockstar is known for storytelling, and yes, Rockstar is also known for these fantastic open-world experiences. They clearly do both very well. And The contract watch, like you just said, consumers are really excited about Rockstar’s storytelling ability, and at the same time, we’ve had a great quarter with grand theft auto online. So there’s a lot of excitement. So the answer is sort of all of the above.

It’s no surprise to hear that from Zelnick, as Take-Two’s biggest franchises such as Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto are known for their top-notch single-player experiences – and with the upcoming Grand Theft Auto is currently in development, it’s safe to believe there’s more to come on that front.