Speaking during the publishing powerhouse’s latest earnings call overnight, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick reckons that both game will be able to exist without one cannibalizing the other’s sales, thanks largely to a growing marketplace.
"When there’s more than one title in the marketplace that compels people, the market also expands to take advantage of it," said Zelnick. "The marketplace can be competitive, but it’s rarely directly competitive title-to-title, whether that’s a title that comes out under the Take-Two umbrella or any of our competitors or anything else for that matter."
"We’re really looking forward to the release of Read Dead Redemption 2; we’re really excited and enthusiastic, of course," he continued. "We don’t think that has anything to do at all with how Grand Theft Auto [V] and Grand Theft Auto Online will perform."
Zelnick also noted that it’s natural for any entertainment property to compete for your time, and that there’s nothing to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5 will specifically go up against each other in this respect.
"All entertainment titles compete against every other possible use of your time and they don’t compete specifically against our games or anyone else’s games," he said. "They compete against everything, against text messaging, going to movies, reading a book, doing your work. Entertainment is a ‘nice to have,’ not a ‘must have.’"
Interestingly, the company previously said that it does not expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to achieve the same level of success as GTA 5 in terms of raw sales.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is due for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2018. GTA 5 was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013, with its online component, GTA Online, arriving one month later. Rockstar later ported the game to current-generation consoles and PC in 2014 with additional features.
GTA 5 enjoyed huge commercial success, and is now the best-selling game in the U.S. since the NPD Group began tracking data back in 1995. The critically acclaimed crime opus has shipped over 80 million copies worldwide to date.