With the original Red Dead Redemption such a critical and commercial success back in 2010, fans have long wondered whether Rockstar's western would eventually come to PC, and indeed when we'd see a sequel announced.
While the former remains something of a mystery, comments from publisher Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick calling Red Dead a “permanent franchise” suggest the latter will eventually happen.
The comments came during the Cowen and Company analyst conference, when Zelnick was asked why Take-Two has such a measured and selective approach to releasing new games.
"The risk of just (releasing more games) is that you end up just bulking up your release schedule and that isn't really what consumers want. Consumers want better, not more," Zelnick replied. "So our selective approach, which we've taken since '07 I think has paid off. Now, we have gotten more by taking that approach; we've launched one new successful franchise every year and I would like to keep doing that particularly because I talk about permanent franchises, but not everything is going to be a permanent franchise. Some of our great franchises eventually will lose their luster and some will hopefully be permanent."
Regarding those permanent franchises? Basically the ones you'd expect. “I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others,” said Zelnick.
So it does seem likely we'll eventually get another Red Dead game. When exactly will that be, and will it come to PC this time around? Still no idea.