What Can Rockstar Games Do Differently?
It’s safe to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a full-fledged sensation. The game headlined PlayStation’s best Christmas season bundle, occupied half of the most recent season of South Park, and made just about every list of 2018’s best games. It’ll continue to be a red-hot game for a while, particularly given DLC updates on the way. However, it also forces us to ask the tricky questions of what Rockstar can do next, and how it can possibly top itself now.
We have a few ideas.
Skip Bully 2
Rumor has it a sequel to Bully could be the next game up for Rockstar, before any continuation of Red Dead Redemption and before Grand Theft Auto VI. It would certainly be an interesting move, and at this point, it would probably amplify this somewhat lesser-known (though still popular) series from the developer. However, it might not be the best idea for the times we live in. This is no indictment on Rockstar in general by any means, but the idea of making a game that could feature violence in a school setting pretty much seems like begging for bad P.R. If Rockstar has other options on its near-future outline, we’d suggest the first step it should take is to skip Bully 2, or at least put it on hold for another time.
A Brand New Franchise
Rockstar is more expansive than a lot of casual gamers might realize, having produced titles like L.A. Noire, Manhunt, and Agent in addition to the aforementioned mega-franchises. However, now might be as good a time as any for the company to try something completely new, in order to build on the incredible success of Red Dead Redemption 2. What that would be is anybody’s guess. There could be a crime game set in a near future world full of exciting tech; there could be a historical follow-up to Red Dead Redemption revolving around any number of thrilling chapters from the past; we could see a game revolving around a cartel, or a crime syndicate in an untapped city out in the world. Frankly, any and all would work. Rockstar has built up quite a bit of invaluable credibility, which would make fans more than willing to try something different.
While Rockstar games do pop up in eSports, they’re not among the top games in the category, which has to be somewhat disappointing for the developer given the money involved in eSports. Huge sponsorship dollars, big purse competitions, and revenue from millions of viewers pour into eSports events, to say nothing of the betting markets that now surround them. Popular online betting platforms – the good ones, at least – afford a wide choice of games, markets, and events to choose from, and more and more this means eSports right alongside more ordinary sporting events. Simply put, there’s money flying in every direction surrounding this activity, and Rockstar would do well for itself to get on board. The best way to do so is likely by setting up its next game (or Red Dead Redemption 2 DLC) with multiplayer modes suitable to eSports-style competitions.
GTA III Remastered
This could be a polarizing idea, but there’s something to be said for Rockstar taking a year or so off and instead of doing something new, remastering Grand Theft Auto III. This game, built back up for modern consoles and perhaps with some additional content, would almost certainly be a hit all over again. Despite not being the first GTA game, it was the one that really helped to catapult the franchise, and Rockstar with it, to new heights. It was an incredible game and one that would now pack a serious nostalgia punch with gamers who might have grown up on it. Not many developers could get away with something like this with people clamoring for something new, but in this case, it might just be one of the most popular decisions Rockstar could make.
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