No GTA V Release On Next-Gen Consoles For 2013: Here’s Why

Posted on 04 February 2013 by author

Following our previous report on why ‘Playstation 4’ won’t retail this year, we received several comments from our readers requesting to expand a portion of our analysis with regards to Grand Theft Auto V and why it’s ‘absurd’ to think it will debut on next-generation consoles this year.

For those who aren’t on the loop, several rumors popped up last week connecting V’s delay on September to its possible launch on PS4 & Xbox 720. While the whole theory may appear legit at a glance, we have several reasons below showing why it’s simply not the case.

GTA V Will Launch On Xbox 360 & PS3 This Year

Everytime a company release a product, there’ll be an announcement first about what platform it will be using several months away from its debut. For GTA V’s case, Rockstar Games did announce last year the sandbox title will debut on current-gen consoles (PS3 & Xbox 360).

Now, if you think that’s antiquated especially when Rockstar Games revealed V will be delayed this year. A recent press release was posted from Take-Two’s website confirming the company still plans to launch the game over the two gaming platforms. Take note this PR was published on January 31, 2013.

“Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on September 17, 2013.”

So if ever there was a change of heart from the company’s part, and the reason why they delayed GTA V is because it was intended for PS4 & Xbox 720, then we should have seen it from its press release last week…right?

Rockstar Games Won’t Gamble Over An Untested Product

If you’re keen enough to read news reports, it’s said the development of GTA V already take place just a few months after GTA IV’s debut on 2008. Obviously, the company was using current-gen consoles as its testing platform and it took them several years to advance the project to its current phase today. Now, some ‘analysts’ are suggesting Rockstar Games is willing to throw all these preparation and do a howdie-fast porting of the game on next-gen consoles just for the sake of it?

Also, one should put into consideration that Grand Theft Auto is the biggest franchise of Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive. We believe the company won’t even think of gambling the game over an untested product even if it’s the Xbox 720 & PS4. Perhaps, porting can be done after V’s debut but not before that.


We won’t beat around the bush here — with all the arguments raised above, we are crystal there’ll be no GTA V release for next-gen consoles this year.

Interestingly, there’s an interview with Rockstar’s boss Dan Houser on November 2012 showing his insights why the studio chose curren-gen platform for GTA V. The best part was when he used GTA: San Andreas as an example, citing the game was also released when PS2’s cycle was on its peak, yet still, the team really put on a very successful title thanks to that.

“All the best games for a console come out at the end of the life cycle, right? So now’s the best timing of all.”

So do you still think GTA V will debut on next-gen consoles this year? Show your comment below.


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