As the apparent delay of “Red Dead Redemption 2” has left fans disappointed, some quarters look at it differently.
Apart from Ubisoft, EA also sees the delay as an “opportunity” for other game developers and the rest of the industry for growth. In an interview with SeekingAlpha, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen explained how the company looks at the game’s release date delay. “What we’ve found historically, we’ve had many times where we’ve gone into quarters that looked daunting because of the competition,” Jorgensen said.
He noted that “Grand Theft Auto V’s” release caused a similar scenario. He said that it helped grow the overall market. “It drives console sales. Oftentimes, many of those titles get bundled to help drive or reduce the price of a console for the consumer, and it drives excitement in the marketplace, and we like that. It benefits the consumer and it benefits us because it generates a lot of buzz around games,” Jorgensen explained.
Moreover, he also said that their company had already gone toe-to-toe with some of the biggest titles in the past. Such a predicament, Jorgensen clarified, does not bother them that much, rather, it excites them. “And you might remember, no [Red Dead Redemption 2] that was originally in the plans for our third quarter, fourth quarter of the calendar year, so that does open up a little bit of opportunity, I think, for everybody.”
On a similar note, Ubisoft also sees the game’s delay as something favorable for them. In an earnings call in July, Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said that the unreleased game will have a positive effect on their 2018 fiscal year. He said that the game’s absence has given them a “better window” to launch some of their titles.
Gamespot also reported that Ubisoft is expecting their sales for Q2 to jump to 34 percent. Some expect that “For Honor’s” third DLC season will help bolster a sales increase for the fiscal year. Some also speculate that “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle,” and the Hong Kong expansion of “Rainbow Six Siege” will help sales.
In addition, the company will also release two big titles this year. “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” comes out on Oct. 17, while “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” will launch on Oct. 27.