Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Red Dead Online Beta to Arrive 'Towards the End' of November

Red Dead Redemption 2 Problems Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 17 million copies worldwide
Kayla Schwartz | 09 November, 2018, 22:01

GTA V launched way back in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but later expanded to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Take-Two Interactive released its financials for the second quarter ended September 30, reporting an 11 percent increase in revenue to $492.7 million thanks to successful sales of National Basketball Association 2K19.

The biggest earner is still GTA 5, with over 100 million units shipped, up from 95 million during the last quarterly report.

"This outperformance was driven primarily by Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as the successful launch of National Basketball Association 2K19".

During an earnings call this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that the Red Dead Online public beta will launch "toward the end of the month".

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"Red Dead Online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative game-play in fun new ways", said Take-Two president Karl Slatoff.

Take-Two Interactive on Wednesday reported the results for its fiscal second quarter 2019 that ended on September 30, 2018. "Eventually I think we will be in a cross-platform world, for a lot of titles", Zelnick says, adding that Microsoft are "basically already there [for cross-play]" and that "the closed system walls are coming down". The company also revealed that its recurrent consumer spending, also known as micro-transactions, is up 70 percent compared to this time a year ago. This accounted for $800 million in worldwide revenue.

The company also highlighted how Grand Theft Auto contributed to the numbers.

Rockstar Games is not known for its strong female characters, but Red Dead Redemption has always fared better in that regard than the Grand Theft Auto series.

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