Rockstar Games indicated that it might release story DLC for Grand Theft Auto V, but it never came to be, which surprised and upset some fans. Will Rockstar release DLC for its next big game, Red Dead Redemption 2? It’s too soon to say for sure, but Take-Two executive Karl Slatoff said during a meeting today that DLC is a “very lucrative” business model for the company.
“Across the board, we do see downloadable content as an interesting business model for us,” he said during a Cowen & Company conference today in New York. “It depends on a game-by-game basis whether that makes sense.”
“Rockstar has specifically said that’s something they would contemplate in the future but hasn’t made any specific announcements about Red Dead or any of their other games going forward,” he added. “It is a very lucrative model for us; it is a very compelling model for consumers because it allows them to continue to engage in the game in a way they are used to engaging with the game.”
GTA V’s multiplayer mode, GTA Online, has been and continues to be monumentally successful, which may explain why Rockstar has focused more on that than single-player content. Not only that, but IGN reported recently that every Rockstar studio around the world was contributing to Red Dead Redemption 2’s development, so resources might be stretched already.
GTA V has shipped an astonishing 95 million copies, so it certainly seems like there would be a business opportunity to launch extra content for the game. That being said, GTA Online brings in lots of money on a regular basis, so it’s not tough to see why Rockstar would want to focus more on GTA Online.
In October last year, Rockstar design director Imran Sarwar explained that it was “not really a conscious decision” to not release single-player expansions for GTA V. Instead, it “just happened” to work out that way. For GTA V, “We did not feel single-player expansions were either possible or necessary, but we may well do them for future projects,” Sarwar said.
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One–and it absolutely will not be delayed again.