Take-Two Interactive has been engaging in all of its end of year financial hijinks, revealing last year’s earnings as well as delivering a forecast for the upcoming fiscal years. The big news, of course, was Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay, with Take-Two confirming it wouldn’t be out this financial year. That means it won’t be with us until April 2018 at the earliest. Aside from this was another intriguing nugget though, with Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirming Red Dead Redemption 2 will be joined next year by a new title “from one of 2K’s biggest franchises”, suggesting Borderlands 3 or BioShock 4 could be on the way.
For the current year, Take-Two Interactive's slate does look a little barren. NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 will inevitably prop up the bottom line, while Grand Theft Auto Online continues to be a huge earner. Any hopes of a GTA5 expansion pack are well and truly now that the online component has absolutely surged in popularity.
"Looking ahead to fiscal 2019, we expect to deliver both record Net Sales and record net cash provided by operating activities, in excess of $2.5 billion and $700 million, respectively, led by the launches of Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises," said Zelnick.
Year on year, Take-Two forecasts its net sales revenue will jump 39.19% thanks to the release of these two titles. Red Dead Redemption 2 is obviously going to account for a significant proportion of that, even if it inevitably won’t be the juggernaut that GTA 5 was, or should I say is. However, there’s a big question mark over what the other title may be.
The obvious answer is Borderlands 3. Its existence was effectively confirmed earlier this year at GDC via a tech demo showcase from Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford, so we know it’s on the way. However, the curveball is BioShock. Ken Levine and Irrational Games obviously parted ways with 2K (a Take-Two subsidiary) shortly after the launch of BioShock Infinite, however, 2K retained the rights to the BioShock series. 2K Marin, based in California, helped with the original BioShock and was the sole developer of BioShock 2, and in May 2014, 2K Games said 2K Marin would be the developer of future BioShock titles. 2K Marin hasn’t released a game since 2013’s The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a four-year gap which suggests a new project has to be right around in the corner. If it isn’t out this year, or in FY 2019 alongside Red Dead Redemption 2, the studio will have gone nearly seven years without releasing a game.
In an ideal world, we’d be getting both games, but Take-Two’s own forecasts suggest it’ll just be the one for now. Which of the two biggies would you like to see? Can you think of any other huge Take-Two IPs which fit the description? Let us know!