L.A. Noire, the thrilling crime-solver developed by Rockstar and Team Bondi and published by Take-Two, has gone and pleased the bosses of its publishing company. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick lead a conference call concerning the finances of one of the industries largest publishers and how initial reports indicate their newest property’s early success.
While Zelnick was hesitant to out-and-out label L.A. Noire a clear winner, he did reveal that the property is earning its rights as a standalone franchise. He indicated that Take-Two has no numbers to announce yet, but that so far things are looking pretty good.
“We try to be folks that shy away from early projections and we’d rather announce things after they happen…We’re really pleased, and the early feedback from the channel is also exceedingly strong.”
One of the conference call attendees did the obvious when he or she asked about L.A. Noire‘s week one sales when compared to those of Red Dead Redemption. Red Dead moved more than 1.9 million copies in its first week in stores, a figure that’s still stunning. Again, Zelnick was hesitant to make comparisons.
“We certainly don’t want to be subject to comping all of our new releases of new franchises against the extraordinary success of Red Dead Redemption…Every title stands alone.
…That said, we have every reason to believe that L.A. Noire is another strong franchise for this company. No matter how you slice it, it’s a very successful release.”
The conference call also gave Rockstar fans another reason to take solace in the all-but-guaranteed success of the major developer: Take-Two signed the core players in the studio to contract extensions. The talent that’s been behind some of the best games of this console generation and the one before it will remain in house.
Take-Two finally reported some financial results from the 12 month fiscal year that ended in March of 2011. The company saw 49 percent growth in revenues between the most recent fiscal year and the one before it. Profits were up to $53.8 million from a loss of $108.1million the year before.
Take-Two is doing well. Hopefully the success of L.A. Noire will secure more DLC and, potentially, a few more games done in the same spirit.