At the recent Cowen and Company Analyst conference Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, said that he believes the Red Dead brand to be "permanent" in the same sense as Grand Theft Auto, while at the same time also reiterating that Take-Two is more interested in sustainable franchises rather than causing brand exhaustion through frequent releases. With sales exceeding 13 million units it comes as little surprise that a follow up to Red Dead Redemption may be in the works.
This follows the news from the most recent Take-Two investors’ conference call where they said they anticipate a major Rockstar release this fiscal year, meaning between now and March 2015. They also said that Rockstar will continue to support Grand Theft Auto Online with new content, including online heists. Last year Rockstar also teased forthcoming story content for Grand Theft Auto V.
The only officially acknowledged yet unreleased Rockstar title in development is Agent. Little is known about the game beyond the logo and it originally being announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
Unofficially we have known of there being a 3d beat ‘em up in the vein of The Warriors in development at one point or another for quite some time now. It is entirely possible that this game has been shelved for the time being due to the change in hardware.
Back in 2009 the composer of Bully, Shawn Lee, suggested that he may be returning to work on Bully 2. There has been no acknowledgment of the title from Rockstar beyond suggesting that a sequel was a possibility back in 2012.
There has also been much speculation about a PC release of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V, with a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release also a possibility.
If internet rumours are to be believed then Rockstar may be preparing a trailer to show off during E3. I would temper expectations on this one as Rockstar tend to do reveals in their own time and have historically not been big on E3 announcements.
All of this said where does this leave Manhunt? The 10th anniversary of Manhunt passed with not so much as a whisper from Rockstar.