During its latest financial conference call for analysts and investor Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick commented on Mafia III‘s reveal, on the comparison with Grand Theft Auto and on the possibility of technology sharing with Rockstar.
Zelnick mentioned that there’s no tech sharing environment between Rockstar and other studios owned by Take-Two, as the company doesn’t believe that’s the best way to get the best out of its development teams. Mafia III is a completely different experience, and Zelnick would not compare it with anything else out there. The reveal was great, but “it stands alone.”
Zelnick continued by explaining that take two doesn’t use “any other game in the same sentence as Grand Theft Auto,” and it’s simply not up for comparison. The association is “flattering,” but it’s not appropriate.