Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer isn’t fully confirmed or discussed by Rockstar so there are plenty of rumors surrounding it. A more recent piece of information suggested Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer is going to be similar to Fortnite, so Battle Royale experience? Is it supposed to be Rockstar’s take on Battle Royale? Well, according to CEO Strauss Zelnick, “No one wants to create Fortnite.”
Zelnick stated that Take-Two has used Battle Royale mechanics before so he is not ruling it out for Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer. No one is looking for a clone of Fortnite, said Zelnick. But while they are not ruling it out for Red Dead, it is unlikely the mode will ever make it to the game. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
We’ve used battle royale mechanics before. I wouldn’t rule it out, but any mechanic you use would want to be in service of the core entertainment experience and would be consumer-focused. It wouldn’t be driven by revenue focus in our view. And if one is overly derivative of another’s success, you pretty much guarantee you’re not going to have your own success, because no one is looking for a clone of Fortnite. I wish we had Fortnite — we don’t — so wishing we had Fortnite is not going to help me.
That doesn’t mean you wouldn’t use a mechanic that’s in other games… We’re certainly not averse to using something created by someone else in service of a good experience in our own games. So there are moments when you might choose to be derivative for some small portion of a game, but I think there’s a lot of emphasis on questions that have been posed more pointedly by some which is, ‘Hey, look at Fortnite, shouldn’t everything you do be some example of Fortnite?’ The answer is absolutely not. If we turned an upcoming release into a sad, diluted version of Fortnite, I can assure you it would fail, in addition to being embarrassing [for the brand].
According to GameStop, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be the best selling video game of 2018. Adding a Battle Royale mode will surely boost its user base but it seems Rockstar doesn’t expect it to sell as well as GTA V. Developers are keeping their expectations in check with Red Dead.
There are rumors the game will come to PC which means exposure to a whole new user base.