What with LA Noire rocketing to the top of the charts, delighting critics and consumers alike, Take-Two has earmarked Rockstar's 1940s crime caper as their next big franchise. Describing initial sales figures as "exceedingly strong", while championing a net revenue increase of 49% year-on-year, Take-Two believes LA Noire has the potential to be a "powerful new franchise".
"We have every reason to believe that L.A. Noire is another strong franchise for this company," explains Take-Two. LA Noire shot to the top of the charts in both North America and the United Kingdom upon release, setting a new IP record for the latter in the process. It's averaging extremely high scores from respected sites - our review hits this afternoon - and when you combine strong sales with good scores, that's a publisher's ideal recipe to greenlight a sequel.
There was yet more good news for Take-Two today. Along with LA Noire's launch and their net revenue growth, the publisher announced ties with Rockstar founders, Sam and Dan Houser, had been renewed. "I want to take a moment to recognise this team that has been with Take Two for well over ten years now," said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. "They've not only continued to deliver outstanding results but they've showed incredible loyalty. We look forward to working with the Rockstar team for many years to come".
Rockstar is rumoured to be hard at work on the fifth edition in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, possibly due for reveal at next months E3. They have much more on their platter, too, as Zelnick was keen to stress Max Payne 3 and the elusive Agent project were, in fact, "still in development". The lack of media on either title had prompted some to consider Take-Two had pulled the plug, but it appears they're still chugging along. [Eurogamer]