We’ve been getting a lot of non-answers and evasions from Take-Two and Rockstar on the topic of GTA V being ported to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO, has at least given some insight on what will make up their minds.
According to Zelnick (who spoke to MCVUK), Take-Two will release their games on any system, as long as that system has players who want those games, saying “If that is where consumers are, absolutely [we will release our games on it]“. He also drew a distinction between releasing a game on a new system to “drive [the consumers] there” versus seeing that a system has consumers for the game and then releasing it.
With all the excitement and anticipation for a PC release of GTA V, we’re pretty sure the consumers are there, but have Take-Two and Rockstar realized this? What do you think?
A lot of players are anxiously waiting for Rockstar to announce the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox One and PS4, but Wedbush’s analysis of Take-Two suggests a next-gen release would result in low earnings for the company.
Analyst Michael Pachter believes that most players who intend to buy GTA V have already done so, and that a Xbox One/PS4 version of the game would mainly appeal to a tiny percentage of players who both bought a next-gen console and did not already buy GTA V.
He also doesn’t believe GTA Online will result in high earnings, because it is only available to players who purchased GTA V. Of the $132.8 million Take-Two made in digital revenues this past quarter, Pachter estimates only $27 million came from GTA Online, and suggests the game would be more profitable if it were free.
We can’t deny that he has some valid points—for one thing, there is no question that there are more Xbox 360/PS3 players currently than Xbox One/PS4 players—but a lot of current GTA V players would probably buy a next-gen version anyway. The clamor for PC and next-gen ports certainly suggests there is still an eager market for GTA V.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this analysis has any impact on Rockstar’s decisions.
An games retailer in the Czech Republic, SuperGamer.cz, has started taking pre-orders for GTA V on the Playstation, Xbox One and also the PC. Does this mean a next-gen/PC announcement is imminent?
You can check out the listing for the game here along with its stated release date of June 13 this year. Well, at least they say it will arrive for PS4 and PC on June 13, the Xbox One page for the game doesn’t have a date specified, for whatever reason.
We’ve already taken a quick poll of gamer’s reactions to this news and most are pretty happy that GTA V *seems* to be coming to the next-generation and of course PC. We’ve long said that it’s a no brainer for Rockstar and just a matter of when. Afterall, they could sell millions of copies of the same game that has been out for a fair amount of time now on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The bean counters will be licking their lips!
As for whether June 13 is indeed the actual release date, or the games are coming to Xbox One/PS4/PC at all, we can’t say for sure without the official word from Rockstar. So this one is staying a rumor for now…
Rockstar has yet to make any official announcement about GTA V coming to PC, but the rumors, leaks and supposed “confirmations” just keep coming. After several Amazon sites listed a PC version for preorder and other signs of a PC port appeared, we’ve now been told that Swedish gamers will be able to preorder the game from Elgiganten starting on Friday.
We’re pretty skeptical at the moment, but the manager of an Elgiganten retail store in Sweden apparently advised website GameReactor.eu that this coming Friday GTA V will be preorderable. Whether this manager can be believed is another story, but anyway…
If true, it’s excellent news for fans, as many people have wanted the game on PC for quite some time now. It would be nice to get some sort of announcement/information from Rockstar on the moment however, and GameReactor.eu has reached out to the maker of GTA 5 for comment (we aren’t holding our breath for a response).
More details on a potential PC release, as well as a next-gen version, would be met with much excitement we’re sure! GTA5Cheats will keep you updated as always.
Speaking to The Guardian, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has said that he isn’t interested in bringing Grand Theft Auto V to the Playstation 4 (which also presumably means we won’t see it for the Xbox One either).
While Houser did say that Rockstar Games is interested in next-generation gaming technology (being one of the most popular gaming studios on the planet, you’d expect so…) his comments in respect of GTA 5 making a next-generation appearance seem pretty clear – they aren’t working on it.
Of course we’re interested. But no, not in terms of GTA, because we’re always working on the current game. We look at the tech at a more practical level: what will be ready for which game that we’re working on further down the line. We don’t have another GTA in development, we don’t work on three of these games at a time. That would be phenomenally depressing. So, in terms of GTA, no. We get pitched by the hardware manufacturers on what they’re planning to do and our tech guys come up with ideas on how that could be used. Does this influence design decisions? Of course. But we’re not sat there fantasising about 10 years down the line. We’re so busy with what we’re doing right now.
So if you’ve held out purchasing GTA V because you’re expecting an imminent PS4/Xbox One announcement, we think it’s time to go out and buy a current-gen copy NOW. That said, if you read a little into Houser’s comments above, it’s easy to see GTA 5 arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One in a year or more. They just clearly aren’t in any rush.
If you’re a PC gamer and also a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series (even GTA V in particular) then you’ll know that Rockstar currently has no plans to bring the game to the PC platform (or even next-generation ones).
This has of course annoyed lots of gamers who own a PC only, or want the extra performance/graphics/features/mods that a PC version might bring. There’s also the hugely popular Change.org petition to try and influence Rockstar into considering a release for PC – 342,493 signatures as of this moment and counting!
How about those of you who don’t want to see GTA 5 on PC though? The thing with the PC is that piracy is a pretty major problem. No matter how hard games manufacturers try and put in place copy protections, they are inevitably broken – at least for the single player portions of games.
Which brings me to the point of this post – a new petition on Change.org asking Rockstar not to release GTA V on the PC – ever. And the reason?
So PC Gamers learn their lesson and stop stealing games
Not releasing the game for PC based on that alone is probably a little extreme and absolutely guaranteed to NOT teach anyone a lesson. But do any console gamers feel the same way? The petition currently has 3,251 signatures so clearly some people agree (or are trolling).
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about the multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto V – GTA Online – then read this post and watch the trailer below.
GTA Online is, quite simply, going to be bigger than any of us can realize or even imagine, and Rockstar has said they will be continuously adding to it as well. Given that the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are coming to the end of their lifecycles, would it make sense for Rockstar to be doing all this additional work on making GTA Online bigger and better on old consoles years in the future? No.
CVG recently asked Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies about taking GTA Online to the next generation of consoles and got the following response:
There are very few games like Grand Theft Auto Online – so we’ll play it by ear and see what the consumers want… We’ll get the current-gen versions out first and see what happens in the future.
So while Benzies doesn’t come right out and say we can expect GTA Online on PS4 and Xbox One, it’s a pretty good bet. This is particularly so if they truly “see what consumers want”, and in fact we could expect to see it on PC as well if that is the case… That GTA 5 on PC petition is still trucking along!
Anyway it’s fairly clear, we think, that Rockstar has plans to take not only GTA Online but also GTA V next-gen, we just need to wait for official confirmation.
Rockstar Games is looking for a new environment artist to work on a next-generation game world – could it be the next Red Dead Redemption title or possibly even GTA V for Xbox One and PS4?
The advertisement has Rockstar Toronto seeking a new “environment artist” to design, build and texture a next-generation gaming world. The inclusion of the word “world” instantly makes us think “open world” and the next Red Dead Redemption game, which is surely already in the works (and would be much appreciated by us gamers). We acknowledge that is a lot of dots to connect and a big assumption though. RDR was also developed by Rockstar San Diego and Rockstar North (and not Rockstar Toronto).
The ad being related to GTA V for next-generation consoles is definitely a more remote chance as the game environment has already been created, just for Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. There would be little need to redesign it from an artistry point of view. Still, you never know.
Edit: as has been pointed out, a new Max Payne game, a sequel to BULLY, or even a new Midnight Club title are also possibilities (although we think that RDR has the most likely connection to a “world”). What do you think is most likely?
How pumped would you be to see Red Dead Redemption on next-generation consoles? There’s no denying here that we would be… just maybe once we’re done with Grand Theft Auto V!
Also interesting to note is that Rockstar has taken down the previous job listing we posted, that pointed to a PC version of GTA 5 being in the works…
If you are looking for a “GTA 5 on PS4 and Xbox One” announcement any time soon then you’re out of luck. It’s not happening.
Speaking recently to MCVUK, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two, had this to say:
The installed base of current generation consoles is estimated to be in excess of 120 million, and most of those consumers have been waiting for Grand Theft Auto V for years. Therefore, we expect there to be enormous consumer demand for Grand Theft Auto V regardless of when the next-generation consoles are released.
Sounds like he doesn’t feel any need to start looking at releasing GTA V on the PS4 and X1 in the near future… Also weighing in on the next-gen issue is Rockstar Games co-founder, Dan Houser himself. Speaking to IGN recently, Houser had this to say:
We don’t feel there are that many limitations [in the Xbox 360]. We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience.
Houser also said that given the massive install base that current-gen consoles have, it makes sense to concentrate on them (echoing the sentiments of Zelnick).
There’ll be a much larger audience on PS3 than there will be on PS4. At a creative level, which is the most important for us, we could say everything we wanted to say and do everything we wanted to do on these [PS3 and Xbox 360] machines… There’s plenty of power in these machines.