If you frequently go on Twitter like I do, then you know that all everyone is talking about right now is Red Dead Redemption 2. After multiple push backs, the game is finally releasing and the reviews for it seem to be stellar, so I’m sure everything is going to go well. The game will definitely sell incredibly well, and will be talked about around the water cooler and the internet for weeks to come. Maybe it will even be like Grand Theft Auto 5 and still be on the top 10 sellers list years after its release. It’s projected to make close to 500 million dollars in the first day, so I’m positive Rockstar has a very healthy future. That’s what this article is all about, the future.
Rockstar has made some of the greatest games ever, and have influenced numerous creators, studios and games, so what will happen after Red Dead Redemption 2? There have been a few controversies revolving around Rockstar and Red Dead, the latest being the crunch time controversy. The first question is whether or not all the controversy will really change anything? Will studios pay their developers over time, manage their time and expectations better, and not create an environment where employees feel pressured to work overtime? The short answer is no. As much as it sucks, everyone knows that Red Dead is going to sell incredibly well, which means the executives at Rockstar will want to do what they think works, which includes crunching. I in no way condone this, I think it’s terrible and has definitely ruined a lot of people’s lives and passion for the video game industry. It’s just such a shame that behind a lot of big video game studios, are people who don’t care about the art of making a game, and just care about the money.
Rockstar employees are also not allowed to talk about their game publicly, which is why Rockstar is known for being a very secretive company. In Jasion Schrier’s recent article about the crunch controversy from Rockstar, the employees were given clearance to talk to the press, but almost all of them did so anonymously due to the fear of backlash from their employers and even their co-workers. If these people aren’t allowed, and don’t feel comfortable talking about the problems of their jobs/employers, than how will this controversy ever come to light again or become a hot topic within the community? Change doesn’t happen overnight, but how will it come at all if we don’t even know what is happening behind the scenes? It is the everlasting problem with the entertainment industry. There may be a lot of problems with how the product is made, but you still want to buy the product so what are you supposed to do? I wish I had the answers, ladies and gentlemen.
The second thing I wanted to talk about is literally what game is coming next from the company? The easy answer is Grand Theft Auto 6, but considering that we have had no word, images, or trailers related to it, who could possibly know when it is coming out? Will it be in this generation? Or will it do what GTA 5 did and release at the very end of this generation, so it can also release on next generation consoles? My bet is on the later because that is what would make the most money. But I don’t think Grand Theft Auto 6 will be their next released game. I did an article a few months back about how I think GTA 5 will eventually come to the Switch and I still stand by that statement. It could possibly be revealed during this year’s game awards and yes, I do have some reasoning for why I think this.
The Switch is not the most powerful console on the market, but I do think it is strong enough to run at least the 360/PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Of course the game also has a huge file size, which would need to be downsized to fit on the cartridge, meaning certain things would need to be taken out. I know people love playing the multiplayer, but the game is great because of its single-player, sandbox nature where you can do so much. The escapades of Micheal, Franklin and Trevor are legendary and the story of Grand Theft Auto 5 is something that most people should play and will enjoy. The multiplayer is fun, but it’s basically just chaos manifested. The other reason I think this will happen is because the Switch is really the only platform that GTA 5 isn’t on and I’m sure it could sway a lot of people into buying a Switch and even more people may be willing to double dip (I know I would). Grand Theft Auto 5 is the highest selling piece of media ever and there is no doubt it would sell like hot cakes on the Switch. Is it really that hard to believe? Yes GTA 5 is a big game, that has a lot of different modes, mechanics and mini-games, but the Switch can run games with big worlds like Skyrim, and newer games like Doom Eternal. Rockstar games have always been on another level, but Nintendo has always surprised its fans and has been a very innovative and I do believe Grand Theft Auto 5 will come to the Switch.
Rockstar is a company that makes fantastic, revolutionary games and it’s very sad that their practices and expectations for their employees are a controversial. No matter what though, they will have a healthy future thanks to their reputation of making fantastic games. Grand Theft Auto 6 may still be a few years away, so GTA 5 for the Switch may be able to fill in the gap. It’s a shame we don’t get Red Dead 2, but GTA 5 is still a fantastic game. Plus who doesn’t love running over innocent bystanders?