The game publisher Take 2 has had turbulent days – at least as far as the share price is concerned: after the company announced in early February 2020 that chief developer Dan Houser was leaving Rockstar Games in March, the price plummeted. The minus was around seven percent.
This was followed by a recovery, then the next blow: Take 2 presented its quarterly figures on February 6, 2020, which were worse than expected – minus ten percent. In an interview with analysts, CEO Strauss Zelnick said nothing about Dan Houser's departure, but said: "I can definitely confirm that Sam will stay with Rockstar in the future."Sam is the brother of Dan Houser, currently he runs Rockstar Games.
This is probably good news for shareholders and the community. However, it is not really clear what it means for the development of the next Grand Theft Auto. The brothers hardly ever spoke publicly about their work. It is therefore difficult to say how much they have contributed to the Rockstar Games games.
In one of the few interviews conducted in the October 2018 with the magazine Vulture, there was the impression that Dan was more responsible for the creative. With GTA 6 someone else would have to fill this role.
Take 2 also confirmed that around 120 million copies of GTA 5 and 29 million of Red Dead Redemption 2 had been delivered to retailers – so far the company had only given a total number for both titles. Of the games Borderlands 3 released in autumn 2019, 8 million, and The Outer World around 2 million units were delivered. The latter will also appear soon for the Nintendo Switch.
In the months Take 2 achieved October to December 2019 sales of $ 930 million, compared to $ 1.25 billion in the same period last year. Net income was $ 164 million (previous year: approximately $ 180 million).