Take Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick has pitched in on the whole will-it-won't-it next generation Grand Theft Auto 5 debate, insisting that consumers will be perfectly happy to play Rockstar's latest on current generation consoles. But he stopped short of stating that the game would never see release on the next Xbox and Playstation.
"There is not one gamer who is going to sit out of GTA V hoping that something that is going to come along down the road that's better. It's going to blow everyone away, and it's going to be in the market in September," Zelnick told investors in a financial chat picked up by Gamasutra.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser was similarly bullish about the game's prospects on elderly hardware last November. "We don't feel there are that many limitations," he said. "We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience." Last month, the developer cautioned fans against lending credence to "conspiracy theories" following the announcement that GTA 5 would release in September 2013 - four months later than originally planned, and perilously close to when next generation machines are tipped to launch.
Rockstar is, however, already working on a next generation engine, and Zelnick says Take-Two is "extremely well positioned" for next generation gaming as and when it goes public, thanks to "strong owned intellectual property, strong creative teams in-house, strong technology, and a strong balance sheet."
"We really can't talk about next gen, because we're not the ones who can talk about it first," he warned, but hinted at an "extensive pipeline of unannounced titles."
What would you like Rockstar to develop next gen, besides Grand Theft Auto? There's been talk of a Bully sequel round these parts of late. I'm on board. Thanks, CVG.