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Take-Two expecting great Switch sales to continue, feeling optimistic and “very supportive of Nintendo”

Posted on August 4, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

This week, Take-Two Interactive reported its latest financial results. The event was accompanied by the regular earnings call with investors, analysts, and other interested parties.

Towards the end of the call, Switch was brought into the conversation. Take-Two was asked about its potential and how the company’s perspective has changed over the past few months.

Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick responded with the following:

“We were excited six months ago and supportive. We’re excited now. We have NBA 2K and WWE 2K coming for Switch. The sales have been great. We expect sales to continue to be great, we’re very optimistic around the platform, we’re very supportive of Nintendo. So the only thing that’s changed in the last six months is our initial belief, has been reinforced by the early very strong results.”

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  • theFooFighter

    Port gta5. Everyone knows it would sell

    • Blanco8x8

      I often ask myself, “would I play GTA on a Nintendo system?”

      The result is mostly “nah”.

      • theFooFighter

        Dude it’s gta5 it’s one of the biggest games ever. It would sell just like how Minecraft is still selling

        • Blanco8x8

          Remember that GTA is a series that been on every PS console since 1998. Even if by some miracle, the Switch gets GTA V, how to we know the support would continue with GTA VI?

          • theFooFighter

            I doubt we’ll get 6. Look at red dead that’s simply not something you’re going to get running on the switch and GTA 6 will probably be even more demanding but Rockstar did make 2 PSP exclusive GTA games last gen so a successful port would probably lead to a liberty city stories 2 or a los Santos stories

          • jimmy

            GTA is not exactly a highly detailed game, the missions are pretty simple, go here, kill that, drive from point A to point B, if they can fit skyrim I’m pretty sure they can do GTA, the online crap they decided to concentrate on might be a different story

          • theFooFighter

            Missions have nothing to do with power. There are just some games that are too demanding graphics and engine wise and GTA6 will probably be one of them

          • Eagle367

            GTA5 was on the ps3. I doubt switch won’t play gta6

          • theFooFighter

            Gta6 will probably push the ps4 and xb1 to their limits just like gta5 did for the ps3 and 360. Doubt the switch will be able to handle that

          • Eagle367

            Nah I don’t think so we’ll see though

          • theFooFighter

            It’s not going to happen not everything can run on the switch. Red dead redemption 2 is too much for the switch and GTA6 will only be more demanding

          • Eagle367

            Sure Sure Whatever you say.

          • Bojan Babic

            GTA has been on DS and Gameboy too.

      • Exy

        Did you want to play Chinatown Wars?

        • Blanco8x8

          I have it on my Vita.

  • Petri

    You know what would make it sell past great?
    Some actual games maybe?

  • Fore

    I’m expecting them to bring these 2 games, and nothing besides.

    • A new Bully game should be a strong consideration along with a GTA HD Collection

      • Fore

        I’m not seeing GTA at all, and those Bully games? Isn’t that something they rarely even bother with these days? They’d have to dig to the back of their IP to even bring those to bare.

        • If NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 sell decently I see why a GTA game in some form can’t come to the system

          • Fore

            GTA is nothing like those games. Sports games sell on just about anything, I simply don’t see GTA on the Switch.

          • Well I do if it’s sales continue but to each their own

          • R.Z.

            Why not ?
            I’m pretty sure it would sell like crazy, GTA5 on the go would be awesome, even a PS3 level port.

          • Fore

            I can’t give you a concrete answer, I’m just not seeing it.

          • Game_God

            I can give you the answer, because in your Linkdin page, your profession is Pro Troll paid to badmouth Nintendo on Nintendo sites, blogs & forums ;P

          • Fore

            From what sewer pipe of presumptuousness did you come crawling out of? I’m guessing they cleaned you out of there, tired of the constant vomiting of BS from your mouth.

          • R.Z.

            Well, I’m totally picturing myself being chased by cops from the comfort of my bed, it’s a pretty concrete daydream too.

          • Fore

            If they do, then great, but as I’ve discussed with someone in my Discord, there’s a good chance it’ll be gimped. I’ll borrow his quote for a moment:

            “GTA V on the Switch

            GTA V runs at 720 30fps on PS3, 1080 30fps on PS4. On Switch it would be more like the PS3 version. They could possibly get 1080 out of it, but a lot of detail textures and detail would need to be removed.

            GTA V uses an analogue trigger and the Switch does not have one. The game could be played with a digital trigger for sure, but the pressure sensitive nature of analogue triggers is perfect for the driving and other activities you do in the game. Thus, the controls would be gimped.

            GTA Online supports lobbies of 16 people on PS3, 30 on PS4. On Switch it would have to be more in the PS3 range of 16 due to insufficient CPU/RAM. Not a deal breaker, but gimped in comparison to the PS4 version.

            GTA V was 18GB on PS3, it is 50GB on PS4 (this should show you how much added texture and detail was added, but also factor in the first person mode). The Switch carts won’t hold that much data. If they had to buy the larger carts a $60 game would become an $80+ game, and that will never fly.

            Graphics – Gimped

            Controls – Gimped

            Online features – Gimped

            Space – So gimped that it’s just not even going to happen. lol”

            My thanks for the explanation when/if you read this, it is much appreciated.

          • R.Z.

            Of course it will be gimped, ideally though it would get a Skyrim-like treatment.
            About space I really don’t see the issue,Switch cartridges are more than big enough for a “gimped” version.

          • Fore

            As above quote states, the requirement for bigger storage cartridges would have the cost of the game increase. I don’t think people would pay 70-80+ for games overall, let alone ports. Hell, people question the price of Switch ports as is, with games like Nightwar from THQ being 10 more than the other ones, and games like Xenoverse 2 having enough content for some, not enough for others and costing full price.

          • R.Z.

            Once again it wouldn’t need a crazy amount of storage at all.
            I’m pretty sure a 32 Gb card would do the job.
            And as long as they don’t overprice it, keep it under 60/50€, I don’t think anyone would complain, a portable GTA V would be worth it.

          • Fore

            We and discuss this for years, but I’m not sure if that price with cartridge thing is feasible. I’m no developer, so we’ll see.

          • Blackbishop

            To be honest I’m sure most of the people who wanted to play GTA games already did after all these years, so I’d not expect that to sell a lot enough to even cover the costs of making such collection.

          • Game_God

            Weekly sales of GTA V disagree with you, check for yourself if you don’t belive me…

          • awng782

            Have you seen how well GTAV is selling even after nearly 4 years?? The game would do great on the Switch, but I think Rockstar is too paranoid about Nintendo in general.

          • Exactly. I remember when people said the same thing about Minecraft when it came to the Wii U and look what happened. If Rockstar could stop being so damn naive towards Nintendo they could see how much of a gold mine they could have on the Switch with the GTA series

          • awng782

            Yep. It’s a shame, cuz GTAV on Switch would be easy money. Zelda BOTW has sold spectacularly well on the Switch and is on track to become the best selling Zelda game ever, so open world games can clearly succeed on the Switch. GTAV is also a 360/PS3 game at heart, so there should be no technical issues. I believe Rockstar even had a prototype of GTAV running on the Wii U, but scrapped it due to terrible Wii U sales. The Switch is selling very well, so the install base should not be an issue.

          • Yup….I hope Rockstar sees it from your point of view

          • Blackbishop

            What I think is the more Take-Two waits to port GTAV to Switch, the less it will sell, precisely because of what you say. Some people continue to buy it, and let’s suppose it will come next year or in the next two years, do the people owning a Switch do not own it for PC or any other console or are they willing to double dip?

            I don’t know about the costs involved in porting the game to Switch, so I cannot say if they are justified or not to be paranoid. Let alone that they might get a lot of cash from the microtransactions from the Online mode rather than from the game itself. So, the question would be, how much time will pass before the new GTA is released and the old one is discontinued? Factoring into this, should a Switch version would be viable? It is more likely if there’s a new GTA, it might come to Switch right off the bat or a bit later.

            Because I don’t think a GTAV version will come to Switch without the MP component, and if the worse happens, that they discontinue the service a couple of years after releasing the game then people won’t be happy.

          • awng782

            Looking at the current sales trend of GTAV, people who are buying new consoles are buying GTAV. It’s the ultimate evergreen game, much like Nintendo’s own Mario Kart. As long as the Switch is selling, it is a viable platform for GTAV.

            Obviously, if GTAV is released on the Switch months before GTAVI is announced/released, then yes, the success of a potential GTAV port on Switch will be greatly jeopardized, but as of the foreseeable future, GTAV is “the” GTA game.

          • I don’t agree man. I still think there’s an audience for the GTA franchise on Nintendo platforms. As awng782 has told you, after 4 years after the game has been released on last gen systems it is still selling well in the top ten weekly charts proving it still has legs

        • Bojan Babic

          GTA trilogy is coming to the switch, its a given. When? 2018/early 2019

          • Fore

            I’ll believe that when announced, with a concrete date. Scalebound was coming to Xbox One as well, remember?

    • Tlink7

      Why not more?

      • Fore

        Keep expectations low, and I just don’t see it. Call it a gut feeling, T.

  • Francesco Gentile

    Nice words from them, supported by facts seems. Another good point for them and for Nintendo. I hope more people will be like this soon. Yes Capcom, i’m talking to you. Get us west MH!!!

  • awng782

    Making sure that the physical and digital Switch versions of future NBA 2K and WWE 2K games release the same day as the other version wouldn’t hurt.

  • Mando44646

    I wish they had franchises I cared about buying on Switch :/

  • I’m really hoping they are considering porting a GTA HD Collection to the Switch. A GTA title coming to the Switch and selling well on it would heavily influence other western 3rd parties to bring their AAA games to the system

  • Shinsuke Nakamura

    So please don’t make it harder for Switch players to love you guys. Stop with all the delayed release crap.

  • Tlink7

    One of the few devs that is properly supporting the Switch and not “gauging support” with bad/late ports

  • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

    The only thing that stopped gta5 from being On the wiiu was Nintendo’s insistence that the game be censored on their console. Maybe he “new” Nintendo will be able to cope better

  • Vigilante_blade

    Oh, so does that mean you’ll bring your triple A titles, including GTA and Red Dead?

    If you don’t, I’ll consider you to be liars of course :).

  • Zeebor

    Now make a new Scaler.