Take-Two CEO claims that the U.S. market cannot support MMOs, asserts the company is making them elsewhere.
In a talk given today at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick claimed that the company is not investing in MMOs in the U.S. due to what he sees as a lackluster market. "MMOs don't work here," Zelnick claimed, "a couple of our competitors have found out that through very, very expensive lessons. One of our competitors just recently announced they're restarting an MMO project."
None of this really mattered until Zelnick revealed that, "we're actively investing in online and MMOs, we're just not doing it in the U.S."
Zelnick later asked, "How many MMOs have been successful in the U.S.? Two. World of Warcraft and EverQuest. Kind of a bad slugging percentage." I suppose we're reaping what we sow for being so flighty with our MMOs. I for one loved TERA more than any MMO I've ever played. But ask me if I'm still playing it.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone, but for now, Take-Two is investigating Asian markets and snubbing the U.S. If they make a Red Dead MMO, I'm moving to China.