Take-Two just can’t let go of Midnight Club

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Once again, Midnight Club is mentioned in a recent earnings report as one of Rockstar Games’ five most important franchises. It’s time for a revival.
Take-Two just can't let go of Midnight Club

There are some things in life that folks have a hard time moving on from. Your first love, a CD holder containing all of your favourite punk-rock bands from the early 2000s and even Rockstar Games’ iconic Midnight Club.

Of course, the internet has afforded us the opportunity to creep on our exes and also do some digging on our nostalgic video game flings, too.

With that being said, after Take-Two Interactive – who just so happens to own Rockstar Games – recently dropped its Q1 2023 earnings report and listed the street racing game as one of their “franchises with individual titles that have sold-in over five million units,” we can’t help but speculate about the eventual return of the one we hold dearly in our heart.

Rockstar Games, Midnight Club, Q1 2023 earnings report, Take-Two

Now I’m sure you’re thinking – well, that’s just a list of their most successful games, duh!

Yes, there’s some truth to that statement. However, Midnight Club is mentioned amongst other franchise giants, such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne and L.A. Noire, as a key pillar in the company’s “diverse portfolio of industry-leading owned intellectual property.”

Interestingly, all of these franchises are still ‘active’, with online modes, DLC or a VR version recently released, and in the case of Max Payne, a remake on the way. There are plenty of prior Rockstar Games titles not listed here, such as Manhunt or Bully.

Midnight Club 3 DUB Edition

Could this mean the series of open-world arcade driving games might be getting a much-needed revival?

We’ve documented the history of the Midnight Club in the past, with the last of its kind being released in 2008. And while there hasn’t been an official statement from Rockstar Games, or T2 for that matter, the breadcrumbs seem to be leading us to a magical theatre where a new rendition of Midnight Club is waiting for us with open arms and plenty of popcorn, too.

This is the sixth time, consecutively, that the street racing goliath has appeared in an investor presentation, the first being in May 2021’s Q4 2021 results.

Maybe we’re stretching at this point; maybe we’re just wishful thinking. Or maybe we’re a bit crazy and need to put the internet away for today. Whichever the case may be, it’s safe to say we miss Midnight Club wholeheartedly.

After nearly 15 years without a new release from the series, we’re doing our best Lizzo impression when we say, “It’s about damn time” Rockstar Games brings back a little piece of our past that we just can’t seem to let go of.

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