The gaming industry has been taken by storm since the release of ‘Fortnite’ in 2017. The game highlighted a battle royale game mode that enthralled everybody to a spot that it is now predominantly considered the most favored game across the world.
Fortnite, still, has affected the gaming industry in multiple ways, especially its free-to-play layout. Ever since its release, more and more organizations have ventured into the free-to-play, battle royale business model made fashionable by “Fortnite.” Nonetheless, followers of the “Grand Theft Auto” (GTA) franchise do not have to fear about the game succeeding the similar trend.
Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, a parent company of Rockstar Games, currently shared some specifics about their forthcoming release. The games in the “GTA” franchise were designed by Rockstar Games, and with the most recent instalment coming up, the CEO’s talk has disclosed a couple of details pertaining the future of GTA 6.
Zelnick has been transparent about his impressions with reference to the free-to-play model. Zelnick compares the free-to-play business structure to gambling, as the success rates for such type of games are utterly low. Strauss remains cynical of the business model and favors only to trust in it partially.
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At a presentation at Baird’s 2019 Global Consumer, Technology, & Services Conference held on June 5, Zelnick echoed his reluctance to completely accept the free-to-play model. On being asked if the rush of free-to-play game titles would affect the pricing of paid title such as the upcoming “GTA 6,” Zelnick replied that it would not and that they are “different animals.” Zelnick prefers to believe that any game, free-to-play or any other model, becoming a success does not affect other games’ success. He adopts this approach to Rockstar Games’ forthcoming release.
Although GTA 6 is not anticipated to be released on the Xbox One and PS4, it is expected to be a huge seller on the next-gen consoles. Zelnick says that the free-to-play model of “Fortnite” will not impact the sales of “GTA 6” as they both serve to very diversified audiences. This makes sense, as “Fortnite” is popular for its battle royale game mode, while “GTA” is popular for being story-rich and violent. Both games have their own unique rewards that attract their respective followers and Zelnick might believe that considering a free-to-play business model may ruin “GTA’s” singularity.
Although there have been a vast majority of companies ready to take up the free-to-play model, followers of the “GTA” franchise must rest assure that the CEO of Take-Two will not let that happen.