Take Two interactive, the publishers of Rockstar Games, have decided to apparently make an indie game label for themselves. Known as Take Two Private Division, developers will use Private Division to work on games at their own pace, rather than being pushed to work on sequel after sequel year in and year out.
The company already has a number of different developers signing up with it, each one aiming to produce a certain game. These include a new RPG from Obsidian Entertainment (who did South Park: The Stick of Truth, Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas, and Pillars of Eternity), another RPG from David Goldfarb (who worked on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3), and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a project by former Assassin’s Creed developer Patrice Desilets.
None of the games currently being worked on are expected to be done anytime soon, but the fact that they can be worked on at their own pace and not have to worry about a publisher constantly pushing for a deadline that could affect the final quality of the game is definitely something that doesn’t come up much today.
Take Two is already something of a hands-off developer, considering that each Grand Theft Auto game has taken several years to come out after the previous one, and the six-year gap between the original Red Dead Redemption, and Red Dead Redemption 2. Hopefully the Take Two Private Division will be just as hands-off.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that a lot of gamers aren’t going to want to see what people like Obsidian, Goldfarb, and Desilets are working on, but at the same time we’ll have to wait until they’re good and ready to announce them. In the meantime, hopefully Take Two Private Division will be able to publish good games.