Take-Two gearing up to publish 93 new games over the next half decade
Rockstar’s crime sandbox Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold over 130 million after 7 years, while Red Dead Redemption 2 from 2018 has sold a more modest but still enviable 31 million globally.
That makes Grand Theft Auto 5 the best-selling game in the United States this decade, and it’s still going strong: A significant part of Take-Two’s earnings come from Grand Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K.
Busy schedule: Take-Two is in rude health judging by their quarterly financial report, and the publisher is preparing to launch 93 games by March 2025. Analyst Daniel Ahmad says that 63 of these will be ‘core’ experiences, while 17 are ‘mid-core’ and the remaining 13 considered ‘arcade/casual’ games.
No IPs named: The publisher didn’t specifically mention any names, but it seems safe to assume that a new Grand Theft Auto is one of them. 2K Games just launched remastered versions of Mafia II and Mafia III, and will launch a complete remake of the original Mafia in August.
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Which classic 70s cult film was adapted into a game by Rockstar?
- The Godfather
- Taxi Driver
- The Warriors
- Harold and Maude
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness has one very hidden room for diary reading
Got a secret diary? Do you also happen to have a super-secret room for it?
Nippon Ichi Software’s 2003 tactical RPG Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for PlayStation 2 contained a very hidden room you could discover by pushing some carefully concealed buttons and then found the entrance to Etna’s secret chamber.
If you go through all this trouble and you’re nosy enough to read every chapter of Etna’s diary entries, you’re eventually rewarded with an item called ‘Testament’. Later versions of the game for other platforms also rewarded curious players with Etna Mode after completing the game.
CD Projekt is now the most valuable games studio in Europe
Polish company CD Projekt is now Europe’s biggest games company with a market capitalisation of $8.13 billion, just more valuable than Ubisoft at $8.12 billion.
CD Projekt is most famous for The Witcher games based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski’s, but also owns the GOG.com digital distribution platform and is getting ready to release the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 later this year. Despite the delays, CD Projekt’s value has increased in the last six months: their market capitalisation was $6.8 billion in December 2019.
Market value: While no match for the biggest players in the worldwide industry, the Polish company has earned the crown in Europe. For the sake of comparison, Take-Two’s market valuation stands at $16.13 billion, Electronic Arts at $34.34 billion, Nintendo at $53.73 billion and Activision reaches $56.27 billion. Microsoft and Sony are too diversified for a straight comparison.
No more delays: It has been no less than half a decade since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released, and CD Projekt RED is eager to assure that Cyberpunk 2077 remains on track for launch this year. The game has suffered two major delays since the first release date was announced.