Developer Rockstar Games and its Publisher Take-Two Interactive are known to put some gaps in between the release dates of their triple-A titles and their sequels not only to ensure that fans can get the most out of the game but also to make sure that the follow-up will be equally great.
One of the games that fans are looking forward to is the sequel to “Red Dead Redemption,” which is strongly speculated to be coming this year. Having been released in 2010, a lot of people feel that “Red Dead Redemption 2” is now due. However, there are recent reports of some internal conflicts in the company, which may have contributed to the delay of the sequel.
According to reports, former president of Rockstar Leslie Benzies filed a case against Rockstar because of an unpaid royalty fee of $150 million.
The charge claims that “Red Dead Redemption” became a success because of Benzies. It even showed some email exchanges done in October 2009, where co-founder Sam Houser seemed to have begged for his help to fix the issues that had been going badly as the game’s deadline approaches. The litigation further claimed that when Benzies stepped in, the game was immediately ready within a few months and became a success after its release.
Additionally, the lawsuit revealed that Benzies was fired from the company by founders Sam and Dan Houser after taking a sabbatical leave from September 2014 to April 2015.
If the allegations are true, it is possible that “Red Dead Redemption 2” is experiencing some problems. This may also be one of the reasons why Rockstar has been mum about sharing information regarding the title.
Nonetheless, the Housers are yet to release their official word about the matter.
It is also possible that they are merely keeping information under wraps in order to surprise fans, especially since its publisher’s CEO Strauss Zelnick hinted that they will be in the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event in June in a “big way.” It may include the sequel of “Red Dead Redemption” as part of their main event.