Serious: GTA 6 Competitor - Wish I could raise the funds
Bit of a rant sorry:
I am so fucking angry I am not a Managing Director or VP.
Rockstar games just announced that the next version of GTA 5 will be released in March of 2022 and honestly this is just a slap to the face of their core fanbase that brought them to where they are today.
It cost about $200m to develop and to date has generated Billions of dollars in revenue, it has been 8 years and they continue to make distasteful decisions because they know no one else is competing with them. Honestly at the moment Rockstar games is a monopoly in the realistic open world genre because other video game companies just do not have as much access to capital.
Due to the fact I work in finance (still an analyst), I have seen even mediocre senior bankers form spinoff's and and PE funds and raise billions with the promise of measly single or at best double digit returns. It really grinds my gears that I am not more senior like MD level because I would immediately start a VC type Video Game focused fund hell bent on beating Rockstar at their own game, pun intended. I genuinely believe it would be a financial slam dunk.
To me the fact that no one has attempted this yet is so annoying because I know its because most of the bankers and finance professionals that have the clout to raise these amounts of money are boomers so they would not really be interested in putting it into a video game. But I can almost guarantee that an open world crime game that would respect its fanbase and is an alternative to rockstar would make billions on their investment.
If you don't believe me look at this example: "IN A NUTSHELL - KURZGESAGT" used to be the only animated general knowledge channel on YouTube and as a result they raked in millions of views and also tended to drag their feet when it came to releasing videos (at the end of their videos they would always say its because of their quality). I remember one year they only released at most 3 videos. This was until "the infographics show" came alone and started making the same videos in a rapid fire format and not only beat them in views but also subscribers, proving that it can be done. Sure enough "In a nutshell" tried to get off their ass and as of recent started putting out more content but the damage has been done and they are now sharing their space with a company who had the foresight to attack their monopoly.
I 100% guarantee that the next company to challenge Rockstar will do the same and seriously rock the boat, I hope to see that happen soon, if not give me about 15 years.