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Take-Two financials: XCOM slips to FY14, Max ships 3M

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Take-Two has released its results for Q4 and year end 2012, announcing Max Payne 3 has sold-in nearly 3 million units,  as well as a delay into FY14 for the XCOM shooter reboot.

T2 Q4 & FY12 at a glance

Max Payne 3 sells-in 3 million on consoles. PC release hitting June 1.

2K Marin’s XCOM shooter delayed into fiscal 2014.

Borderlands sells-in nearly 6 million units; BioShock franchise sells close to 9.5 million units.

Net revenue for FY 12 was $825.8 million, with digital accounting for 13% of revenue. Losses came in at $107.7 million.

Q4 net revenue was $148.1 million, with digital accounting for 19% of revenue. Losses were $66 million.

Max Payne 3 sold-in approximately 3 million units during its initial launch on consoles, according to the firm, which also reiterated the June 1 release of the game on PC.  Max 3 is expected to be one of the most “significant” releases of FY13, and the firm also touched upon the DLC line-up for the game, which continues into the fall.

The XCOM shooter reboot, which is in development at 2K Marin, has been delayed into FY14, according to T2. Announced in 2010, the title was slated for release in 2011 before being delayed into 2012 prior to today’s announcement.

NBA 2K12 was the highest rated title in the history of 2K Sports with an average Metacritic score of 90 and for the second year in a row, sold-in over 5 million units.

The BioShock franchise has sold-in over 9.5 million units to date, and Borderlands has sold-in 6 million copies.

The firm reiterated that GTA V is in full development, but would not be drawn on a release date by investors.

For the year ending March 31, 2012, net revenue was $825.8 million, compared to $1,136.9 million for the same period the prior year. Losses came in at $107.7 million, compared to $53.8 million in losses the prior year.

The strongest contributors to revenue in FY12 were: L.A. Noire, NBA 2K12, the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Duke Nukem Forever and Red Dead Redemption.

Digitally delivered content accounted for 13% of net revenue, compared with 9% in FY11, and was primarily driven by the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Red Dead Redemption, the Civilization franchise, Borderlands and L.A. Noire.

For Q4 net revenue was $148.1 million compared to $182.3 million year-over-year, which benefited from the post-launch performance of Red Dead Redemption.

Q4 losses came in at $66 million, compared to $22.4 million for the same period the year prior.

The strongest contributors to net revenue in Q4 were new releases including: NBA 2K12, MLB 2K12 and The Darkness II, as well as catalog sales led by the Grand Theft Auto franchise and Red Dead Redemption.

Digitally content accounted for 19% of revenue, compared to 15% in Q4 2011, which was driven by offerings from the Grand Theft Auto franchise, the Civilization franchise, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands, NBA 2K12 and L.A. Noire.

“Fiscal 2012 was a year of creative, operational and strategic achievement by our Company,” said CEO and chairman Strauss Zelnick. “We delivered groundbreaking titles, including L.A. Noire and NBA 2K12, which set new standards for excellence; grew our revenue from digitally delivered content and mobile offerings; made substantial progress on our online gaming initiatives; and bolstered our already strong liquidity through a convertible notes offering.

“While our financial results were disappointing, the decisions we made position Take-Two for growth and profitability both this year and over the long-term.

“Fiscal 2013 kicked off with the successful launch of Max Payne 3, which received outstanding reviews and promises to be another hit for Rockstar Games. We have a fantastic lineup of upcoming releases for the balance of the year and the strongest development pipeline in the company’s history.”

During the call to investors, Zelnick said he expects Take-Two to be “at the front of the line,” with next-gen releases, but wouldn’t comment on hardware as such information is up to the console developers.

The firm’s strategy, he said, is to release strong games when they are ready. When the transition occurs it will be “challenging” for all development and publishing firms, and while T2 is being “thoughtful about the future,” there’s a lot of opportunity to create new IP and expand on current franchises with next-gen as long as the content is fresh, added COO Karl Slatoff.

“Our mission is to serve consumers where they want and how they want it,” he said.

Take-Two is also bullish on tablets, and think the tech makes for a great platform. That being said, there’s still plenty of work to be done on the business model without counting out the consoles.

Consoles owe success to being much better platforms than PC, said Zelnick, with the later a much better platform than it was previously, due to the release of better processors. When the processing power is there for tablets, the consumer “will see much better games,” but only once the business model is streamlined, he said.

Reiterating its upcoming line-up, the firm torched upon the following release dates:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – October 9 in North America and October 12 internationally.
  • BioShock Infinite is now planned for launch on February 26, 2013.
  • Borderlands 2 – September 18 in North America and September 21 internationally.
  • Spec Ops: The Line – June 26 in North America and June 29 internationally.
  • Sid Meiers Civilization V: Gods & Kings – June 19 in North America and June 22 internationally.
  • XCOM – releases during fiscal year 2014.
  • NBA 2K13 – October 2012
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – October 2012

For fiscal year 2013, the firm expects revenues for Q1, ending June 30, 2012, to hit between $225 to $275 million, and $1.75 to $1.85 billion in revenue for the full year, ending March 31, 2013.

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23 Comments

  1. datass

    Gta V?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Pytox

    @1 Looking at that line-up i really expect a May 2013 release date

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Hmm. We’ll see. Can’t even guess at this point.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    Well if it was this year, it would’ve been mentioned i think.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    If it was going to be in this financial year, they’d surely have to tell investors? We’re halfway through the calendar year now.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    Yeah GTA 5 is def going to be may 2013 then

    Also are Take-Two trying to lose money on XCOM? That thing must be a massive money pit by now given its development time.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    They have yet to address GTA V, and most investors are asking about inter-connected TVs and tablets. They did ask the execs about next-gen, but all they really said was “yeah, we’ll release stuff” but other than that “no comment.” :/

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    They should really just dump XCOM at this point. It was a pretty bad idea from the beginning.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    GTA V for this year is still possible but i highly doubt it. Look at the coverage so far, nothing so far this year. But they did kinda announce GTA V a bit too early, jesus…if it’s really a 2013 title, what a long wait :(

    #9 3 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    BTW, are they pleased with the results for Max Payne 3? They were saying they needed 4 million units just to break even with it.

    @9 – we’ve waited longer for worse games, hell, look at XCOM.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    @10 There’s been like one week on market + without PC version.
    Those 4 million was just analysts expectation.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @10

    That is within the first week and since there really is nothing being sold this summer I see a lot of people picking it up.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    @ 10

    Yeah but not for a GTA game man, and i really don’t hope it’s gonna take much longer than april-may 2013 :(

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    @10 Yes they are pleased, and expect it to be one of the most significant releases for the fiscal year.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    @14 – oh, ok then :)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    Okay. I think the post is clean and ready for prime time. I am going to go off into a corner and eat. ;)

    We’ll get exact quotes on this when the transcript arrives tomorrow, and then we can cull my horrible paraphrasing out of it.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. The_Red

    What the FUUUUUUUUCK!? X-Com moved to fiscal 2014!? Seriously? This was revealed two years before the other X-Com and now has slipped into 2014!!!!!!!!!!????

    #17 3 years ago
  18. diego-rbb-93

    Nobody seems to see that probably X-COM its going next-gen?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Lewis247

    Hmmm, I take it the X-COM we have seen so far is probably early enough in development to probably slip into a next gen release.

    Seriously though, I had to read it a few times to sink in, 2014… Really!?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    No X com won’t be going to next Gen if anything it will just be thrown on current gen as the next gens are announced and eventually released. They are making the game based on current specs so even if it will go on next gen it will be using those specs and will look lackluster compared to other next gen games that are specifically made for the system.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. stealth

    “net revenue was $825.8 million, compared to $1,136.9 million for the same period the prior year. Losses came in at $107.7 million, compared to $53.8 million in losses the prior year.”

    this is all that matter, losses

    its because of lack of titles

    #21 3 years ago
  22. 3rikko

    @17 Fiscal 2014 goes from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Moonwalker1982

    Interesting thing i found on a forum, and it could be related to GTA V:

    Here’s where things get interesting: During this afternoon’s investor call, CEO Strauss Zelnick reiterated a point from earlier in the call that there are “titles yet to be announced for fiscal 2013.” This is significant because the company expects revenues of $1.75 – $1.85 billion for the fiscal year ending next March. Look back at that blockbuster Red Dead Redemption year, and note that revenues reached $1.14 billion. So, what’s the deal?

    Officially, at this time, Take-Two plans to launch Borderlands 2 in September, NBA 2K13 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown in October and, finally, BioShock: Infinite in February. Although any one of those could be a runaway hit, there’s still $600-$700 million missing over that impressive Red Dead year to hit the projection. Either Grand Theft Auto 5 is secretly on the docket for this year or Take-Two is expecting blockbusters from more than one of the announced games.

    and…

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    @TheRealDubster The next title, Grand Theft Auto 5, will be out later this year ^BB

    #23 3 years ago

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  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]