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How A PS5 Exclusive Midnight Club Game Could Happen

Does Midnight Club return?

By Mehrdad Khayyat

March 15, 2021

Here, we will go over the reasons that could let or avoid a Midnight Club PS5 exclusive game happen.

If you are a fan of racing titles, the name Midnight Club will probably make you remember some sweet memories from the old days with your old consoles. Developed by Rockstar Games, the series once was a serious competitor to the franchises like Need For Speed and Forza Horizon, but now, the franchise is almost dead for over a decade. That said, can we expect a revival in the future? Well, at least it’s not impossible.

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A New Midnight Club Could Happen Because It Meets Take-Two’s Expectation

Take-Two Interactive wants the most out of Rockstar Games, and they have announced it a few times during their financial meetings. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, once mentioned that Rockstar Games would shorten the time gap between the release of its titles. This can be translated into two different policies.

The first is that Rockstar will try to work on smaller-scale projects like Bully or Midnight Club next to their large-scale IPs like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. On the other hand, this could also mean that Rockstar might launch its projects ahead of their completion, and then start supporting them to complete the projects after launch. Similar to what they did with GTA Online and Red Dead Online.

If it’s the first, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see more varied titles from Rockstar Games in the future, including a new Midnight Club.

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A New Midnight Club Could Not Happen Because Racing Games Don’t Sell Much

To be honest, racing games don’t bring as much income as open-world and RPG titles. That’s the reason why some old-school racing franchises have been disappeared over the last generations. The only strong arcade racing series in the market are Need For Speed and Forza Horizon at the time being. The former could’ve vanished in the last generation of consoles due to poor entries from Ghost Games, but EA managed to still save the game even with its unsatisfying financial performance.

The same could happen for Midnight Club as well. While Rockstar Games could earn millions of dollars with gems like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, why should they even bother themselves for something that will definitely sell lower than those open worlds? From a financial view, the best policy is to recruit as many studios as you can to speed up the development of the next GTA.

A New Midnight Club Could Happen Because Sony Would Like to Invest in It as a PS5 Exclusive

Believe it or not, Sony didn’t have a strong performance in the racing genre back in the last generation of consoles. None of the PS4-exclusive racing titles could compete with Xbox’s golden duo of Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon, which puts the company in a tight position to deliver top-notch simulation and arcade racing games for PS5.

While the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 could fill in the gap for a simulation racing title, Sony still needs another IP to fulfill the blank space for arcade racing. The issue could be resolved by bringing back a well-known arcade racing as a PlayStation exclusive, and what’s better than Midnight Club?

A Midnight Club PS5 exclusive title would benefit both sides. While it could be a great competitor to Xbox’s Forza Horizon, the exclusivity price for the game could satisfy the financial expectations of Take-Two Interactive as well. A Midnight Club PS5 exclusive game might be the best scenario for the revival of the racing franchise.

A New Midnight Club Could Not Happen Because It Would Be Sacrificed for Bigger Projects

A look at the past years will make us conclude that it’s almost impossible to get a new version of Midnight Club. The mainline projects like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption are big enough that destroy every small project that the studio could even think about. Previously, we’ve heard some reports around the multiple cancellations of Bully 2. The game has always been sacrificed for speeding up the bigger projects, and the Bully 2 itself could definitely sell more than a Midnight Club entry.

So, even if Rockstar starts to build a new entry of Midnight Club, there’s a high possibility of the game’s cancellation over the course of the development.

Now, it’s your turn to tell us why you think a Midnight Club PS5 exclusive title could/couldn’t happen in the future.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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