Red Dead Redemption ships 8 million, Take-Two profits flat, Max Payne 3 MIA

Western game hits new sales milestone as publisher names Undead Nightmare expansion a major hit; NBA 2K11, Civilization V also solid holiday players; next GTA missing from release calendar.

Nearly nine months after its release, the Red Dead Redemption money train keeps on rolling. Today, Rockstar Games parent Take-Two Interactive revealed the Western action adventure has shipped 8 million units to date, just under half of Grand Theft Auto: IV's total haul as of last June. The game's zombie expansion, Undead Nightmare, was also named as one of the publisher's biggest hits during its October-December quarter.

The Red Dead Redemption money train shows no signs of stopping.

Take-Two also reported its earnings for the aforementioned quarter. The company took in $334.3 million in net revenue, down 7 percent from the $360.4 million during the same period the year prior. Profits were $40.8 million, essentially flat from the $39.4 million in profits from the same quarter the year before.

That said, the bigger picture proved much rosier. For the nine months ending December 31, Take-Two's net revenue increased 80 percent to $954.6 million. Income during the period went from a $98.4 million loss to a $76.2 million profit year-over-year, thanks again in large part to Red Dead Redemption. Other major hits for the period included the quadruple platinum NBA 2K11, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, and Sid Meier's Civilization V.

Looking ahead, Take-Two predicts it will take in $130 million to $150 million in revenue during the current quarter, with earnings totaling $1.08 billion to $1.10 billion for the year ending March 31, 2011. The company recently shifted its fiscal year, which used to end on October 31.

During the current quarter, the company's two major releases are Major League Baseball 2K11 and Top Spin 4. Looking out to the next year, the company plans to ship Duke Nukem Forever on May 3 and L.A. Noire on May 17. Beyond that, the just-announced Darkness II is due out in the fall, with Spec Ops: The Line and XCOM due out during the company's next fiscal year. Calendar 2012 will bring BioShock: Infinite, the sky-set semi-sequel to the popular first-person action series.

Missing from Take-Two's release schedule was any mention of Max Payne 3, the reportedly troubled next installment in the dark shooter series. Speaking with analysts after the report, Take-Two CFO Lainie Goldstein would only say, "There's no update on that title as of this time." Also missing from the schedule was any mention of the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series, which analysts don't expect until sometime next year.

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SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I hope Max Payne 3 doesn't get shelved.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Creed02 I know its not going anyway. If you include HD TV prices I suppose prices are on a par. Nothing new that PC and PS3 gamers tend to get the half-a**** ports. I'd like to see that change. Yes, I do really rate Assassin's Creed. It's one of my favourite new IP's this generation.

Creed02
Creed02

@MEDzZ3RO @Ladiesman17 This console vs Pc thread is going no where, Consoles cant compete with PC even 4 years ago when they were newly released and Crysis is the best example. what MEDzZ3RO is trying to say " console has KZ3,U2 which have superior visual far by now and that can be compared to PC's Crysis, so PC's are not ahead in both visual & GAMING than console. " well yes,both have their decent exclusive titles. But what i was trying to say - " If sony port any of their best looking games to PC than it can run better and even with greater visual than PS3 ." and again not high-end PC but even £ 250 can beat consoles these days. consoles are cheap too but if you wanna experience best , you will need a minimum 40" LCD and high-fi music system which worth £ 500 - 600 which can be compared to almost a GAMING PC budget. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] you'd need a PC with similar performance figures to 360 and/or PS3 running Crysis 2. I can almost guarantee the consoles would fair better in this instance. [/QUOTE] i have nearly 3 year old 9800 GT GFX card and i can max out most of games even today. half of the game's performance depend on how good can you code it. all 360 and ps3 have same hardware config. compare to PC's verities in hardware, due to same config. devs can easily & successfully port a game to console. Ex:- Remember GTA IV , how poorly ported to PC ! !

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Ladiesman17 Consoles can't compete with gaming PCs NOW. I'm a console gamer myself but to say a gaming PC is less powerful then a console (what you're suggesting) is just silly. I know when 360 and PS3 were out their specs were good by PC standards 5 years ago but because consoles aren't upgradable their tech hasn't improved (or got worse) since 5 years ago. As I said to compare fairly, you'd need a PC with similar performance figures to 360 and/or PS3 running Crysis 2. I can almost guarantee the consoles would fair better in this instance. I have to be honest though, I don't really know what you are trying to get at but I assume I've responded to what you were trying to ask?

icepop4who
icepop4who

@skullcandy they aint tight at all. they are owned by CBS.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@MEDzZ3RO Are you saying, you denied the fact that most programmers, scientist, and most tech-guys wrong :roll: "just let you know, those guys I mentioned waaayyy more smarter than most people", those guys saying PC is powerful system than Consoles, while everybody knew mega-corporation like NVidia & ATI also have biggest part developing Xbox 360 & PS3 in 2005-2006 "It's almost 5 years ago"... :roll: NVidia & ATI constantly made hardware for PC every years, and recently they also made one... and you even didn't have decent PC to make comparison between those three platforms..then how do you know the differences... you joking aren't you?? because It's hilariously amusing... :D

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

Come on rockstar, its about time rdr to come out on PEE CEE!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Creed02 I highly doubt there will be much differance between the 360 and PS3 version much like there's little differance between Mass Effect 2. More's visually possible on the PS3 using the cell but I doubt it being a multi platform title they'll take full advantage of it, I may be wrong. Consoles aren't that expensive these days either, they both go for around £149. I couldn't buy any PC that can play Crysis at that price. Thanks for the heads up on forwarding.

Creed02
Creed02

@MEDzZ3RO [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] As far as consoles go KZ3 is arguably strongest. [/QUOTE] Right now ,Yes but i like to see Crysis 2 on ps3 [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] What I was saying was the console version of Crysis 2 is unlikely to match KZ3 visually. [/QUOTE] show me comparison between KZ3 vs crysis 2 (PS3 Version). [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] That comparison I sent you was comparing the console version of Crysis 2. [/QUOTE] The comparison you have sent me was between KZ3 to Crysis 2 -xbox360 not PS3, And if you lack some information than i would say Crytek has officially confirmed that PS3 version will be better than xbox 360 so that's why i want to see it on ps3. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] if it was comparing it with a high-end PC it wouldn't be fair because the power output of a gaming PC beats a console any day now. [/QUOTE] what was i saying is not a high-end PC but even a $400-450 PC can easily beat consoles these days. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] The link you've sent me is taking someone elses opinion. [/QUOTE] the link i have sent you does has a slide show comparison by following under it. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] My source has loads of game comparisons and isn't biased about it. [/QUOTE] Yes,I cant argue with that but the problem with your source is showing comparison of xbox crysis 2 vs kz3 as i mentioned above clearly. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] sometimes the PS3's favored and sometimes the 360's favored. [/QUOTE] Yes,both have their advantages-disadvantages by games.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Creed02 I can't exactly argue things we don't disagree upon. I can't argue any on your points because we both agree on it. Crysis 2 will definately look and run better on PC, if it didn't I'd feel cheated. Cryengine 3 is arguably the best engine running on PC. It's mind-blowing. As far as consoles go Killzone 3 is arguably strongest. What I was saying was the console version of Crysis 2 is unlikely to match Killzone 3 visually. That comparison I sent you was comparing the console version of Crysis 2, if it was comparing it with a high-end PC it wouldn't be fair because the power output of a gaming PC beats a console any day now. I sent you that link because you can judge for yourself and needn't take someone elses view on the matter because of the magnify system. If you use it, you can see jagged edges clearly in places on Crysis 2 whilst on Killzone 3 I couldn't see any. The link you've sent me is taking someone elses opinion where there isn't much option to make up my mind myself; on top of that 2 of his other posts were "Sony is losing it" and "The Halo Killer" going on to say how Killzone was a let down. Not exactly unbiased.. My source has loads of game comparisons and isn't biased about it, sometimes the PS3's favoured and sometimes the 360's favoured. I don't think you are a fanboy, people often wrongly assume because we'll favour a system in one debate that we are automatically a fanboy of that one system. That's not strictly true. P.S: How do you reply to segments of my comment like that; I've seen a few people do it and have no idea how you do it.

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for darkness2 and la noire but no news for gta v and max payne3 bad news for me

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for darkness2 and la noire but no news for gta v and max payne3 bad news for me

Creed02
Creed02

@MEDzZ3RO 1. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] You haven't specified which system you're talking about?, PC I assume? [/QUOTE] yes, i was comparing PC-PS3 not Xbox-PS3. 2. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] Crysis 2 should run fine on both PS3 and 360 and visually won't look bad compared to the PC version. Guarantee it. [/QUOTE] yes,definitely it wont look bad but comparing to PC , you will see a major difference in visual & graphic with PC against consoles , I guarantee it. You should watch CE3 GDC 2010 demo & check out this what crytek's CEO has to say, http://www.digitalbattle.com/2010/04/15/crysis-2-will-look-better-on-pc-than-ps3360/ 3. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] PC games could look alot better then Crysis does but the developpers won't put the time in to do it. [/QUOTE] Agree, PC is like 3rd party hardware with no STRONGER support like Sony - PS3 and when a game remain exclusive that means its been funded by whatever platforms its going on, it could be sony or microsoft.but if you look at some of nvidia involved games like just cause 2 & mafia 2, you can understand that they both were also praised for their technology , visuals - JC2 & Apex Physx - mafia 2. 4. [QUOTE="MEDzZ3RO"] Fact is PC games aren't that far ahead of games on the consoles, only major difference being resolution and loading speeds. [/QUOTE] well here's my little point watch Cryengine 3 GDC 2010 demo as i said above and see it by yourself, how great lightning and animation a PC can do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D9oINHI11E

simonsworld
simonsworld

and credit to rockstar! one of only 3 great/classic/decent western orientated games,ever made

simonsworld
simonsworld

max payne 3 a joke,if they work on a max payne 3 then hope it linked to the last 2 somehow, and if they cant get a great story draw up, then maybe just leave it, its such a classic game really was different but engrossing to play i must have completed them both max payne games like all together 7 times, i cant say that about another game ever,well mass effect 1 i did 3 times in total, but that a red rings issue on one occasion!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

See I'm a Max Payne fan, til this day many user names I create are inspired by Payne. And the pics I saw last disgusted me, I wanted them to just drop whatever they were thinking and restart from scratch, continuing where they left off. Hopefully that is what they are doing. Max Payne was gritty, but not hobo with a shotgun in Brazil gritty.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Yea, Red Dead Rocked. Spec Ops: the Line looks crappy, though. I'm glad Greg Kasavin jumped ship and stopped working on that game.

gial240
gial240

Glad to see Red Dead Redemption is doing so well. It was an amazing game.

Thralll
Thralll

I don`t want to see Max Payne 3 in a screwed up state... I hope they cancel the project if things are not going well for it. Last thing we need is a mediocre max payne game that would ruin it`s image. Don`t misunderstand, I don`t want MP3 to get cancelled, i am a big M.Payne fan. Thus, I wanna remember MP series with great games like MP and MP2. I`d rather install and play those games than having a screwed up MP3 game

TrueIori
TrueIori

They should just leave Max alone , 3 sound so bad it not even funny -_-.

DrKill09
DrKill09

No James McCaffrey, no New York, and no film noir feel = no Max Payne 3. I hope this disgrace gets canceled.

ziproy
ziproy

How do you take Max Payne from gritty cop to a bald guy in Africa. I hope it never gets published i the state it's in

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Creed02 My console of choice is a PS3 yes but I use all 3 systems quite regularly. My blogs (only 2, one of which wasn't mine) are factual and aren't by any means biased. You haven't specified which system you're talking about?, PC I assume? PC games could look alot better then Crysis does but the developpers won't put the time in to do it. Crysis 2 should run fine on both PS3 and 360 and visually won't look bad compared to the PC version. Guarantee it. Gears Of War 3 and Killzone 3 are comparable to PC games visually. Fact is PC games aren't that far ahead of games on the consoles, only major difference being resolution and loading speeds. The games aren't there to challenge the PC tech.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Remembering the past when 1 million already called "huge profit" / "huge hit" back in 1998-2000 :roll:, now companies wants more, and 1 million become "not so profit", you know how much 1 million is??? 1 million people is like 1.000.000 gamers / 1 million person can make their own country if they could afford some island, lol :P.....and there are 30 million active members on Steam for PC market, but some company did not bring Red Dead Redemption to another system like PC with zillion reasons at least you're gonna get 2 million "minimal" for that massive cookies...right.. :? actually what today company thinking??? :roll:

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

Wow, my post was deleted from GS because I guess I failed to say zeig heil before I posted. Apologies Gamespot. You and Fox news must be tight.

EA_LOVER
EA_LOVER

PC VERSION FOR LA AND RDR

Creed02
Creed02

@MEDzZ3RO Do you have any ideas what you are saying ? do you know the difference between visual and graphics ? do you know a 4 year old crysis was also planned for both consoles, but eventually it didn't come because they were not OR are not powerful enough to run it at MINIMUM sets. and i think 4 years ago, console were really powerful against PC in order to run games. and for visual compare it with multi-platform games than consider which look superior. and well i have read your blogs and i can say that you are a PS fan boy,so don't get over hyped with it , the main reason that most of user prefer PC because its not about only gaming , there are lots of lots of varieties in PC which you can do .

Creed02
Creed02

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Sayed101
Sayed101

GTA 4 was very overrated but still very good. If compared to RDR, RDR would win hands down.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Only played about two hours of the campaign in RDR, and the game is a better GTA4. RDR has also sat on my shelf since the month it was released because the game can get boring at times.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@chicken32, I was going to post a very similar comment : )

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@ImTonyStark Power-wise of course, consoles can't compete. Percentage-wise though the current generation consoles are more powerful then most PCs. Let me explain, alot of budget PCs are sold with internals over 10 years old, still. What consoles lack in overall power they make up for in value and software not found on PC. The PC's strongest for emulation titles which added all up would be the biggest collection of games playable on one system. It varies on whether you're a retro gamer or not. Don'y expect a next gen PS3 or 360 before 2012. They're still going strong. Dated hardware or not Killzone 3's looking good even by PC standards today. The best visual game on PC is still the near 4 year old Crysis; that demonstartes how develops really aren't making the most of PC capabilities; if a 4 year old game still remains on top.which is nothing short of a shame. Look at Resistance Fall Of Man out 2006, it was praised for its visuals but compared with titles like God Of War 3, Killzone 3 and Uncharted 2 it's nowhere near.Develops haven't stopped bettering themselves year on year on the system. I suppose the only anwser for this is because not every PC would handle such a good looking game on PC without upgrades so they cut back on visuals to have a bigger slice of the potential market?; this isn't a problem consoles will ever has aslong as you never need to upgrade them.

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

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chicken32
chicken32

Good to hear that Max Payne 3 is MIA. Without Sam Lake there is no Max Payne

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

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vicsrealms
vicsrealms

It would ship more if it came to the PC!

wurdmann
wurdmann

Please don't cancel Max Payne!!!

bmw_powered
bmw_powered

Great game,great sound,graphics,storyline and multiplayer. please rockstar give us another one!!!!

swamptick
swamptick

Give us another Red Dead game!!

pokecharm
pokecharm

holy cow, that's a lot of games moving! I'm thoroughly impressed and did love RDR. Big Ups to Rockstar and let's hope they have a great sequel in the works for this one :)

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Glad to see Rockstar is offering good games besides GTA now.. Goes to show you, when you enforce 14-16hr work days and starve you're employee's that anything is impossible!

PHATDUDESUPREMZ
PHATDUDESUPREMZ

way to go rockstar i hope u bring Max Payne 3 & GrandTheftAuto 5 also sooner then later would be nice XD

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

RDR deserves all the commercial success with it being probably the best refinement till date of Rockstar's decade old open-world formula.

troy1108
troy1108

at least release the first two max payne games on HD like ubi did with pop and sc.or god of war collection.i miss those games.