CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick, has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the companies upcoming financial predictions which include making eight billion dollars in its 2025 fiscal year. Fiscal years can vary depending on the company but Take-Two’s run from April to March, so fiscal 2025 for them is April 2024 to March 2025.
So what on earth could Take-Two, parent company of Rockstar Games, have on their slate that would make them eight billion dollars. Well, there’s just one thing isn’t there, Grand Theft Auto 6.
Zelnick was asked by the interviewer why Take-Two is so bullish for the financial period and after waffling a bit Zelnick does say they will be releasing “new iterations of existing franchises.” Asked directly if this means GTA 6, Zelnick laughs and then quickly moves on and avoids the question.
Strauss Zelnick being grilled on live TV on why he thinks his company will make EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS in revenue in fiscal year 2025, Bro is trying so hard to avoid saying “yes cuz of GTA 6” ???? pic.twitter.com/jNge3jjyMK
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Development on GTA 6 suffered a blow when a hacker stole over 90 from Rockstar Games’ internal communication networks. They confirmed that the game will take players to a modern Vice City, that there will be a series first female protagonist, alongside at least one other, and showed some NPC interactions, strip clubs and more.
While Take Two’s lawyers hastily flagged and removed videos using copyright law, Rockstar responded to the leak with a statement:
We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto. At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.
We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering the experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to the next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.