With the release of Call of Duty 2011 (err, Black Ops) a lot of people have been talking about saturation of the market by franchises that put out annual updates. In addition to pretty much every sports game the Call of Duty, Need for Speed and (starting this year) Assassin’s Creed series all release a title annually. In an interview with Reuters, Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said that “annualizing” games can result in lower quality and can burn out their customers on the game.
It’s good to see that the people in charge understand that ramming our favorite franchises down our throats with a new game every year isn’t the best option for their finances or the gaming community in general. Instead, Take-Two is allowing Rockstar Games, the developer responsible for both Read Dead Revolver and Grand Theft Auto, to work on new franchises like L.A. Noire and those that haven’t seen a sequel in a long time, like the upcoming Max Payne 3. Sounds a hell of a lot better than Call of Duty 16: shooting generic bad guys, doesn’t it?