Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive has over 10 next generation titles in development, according to company executives, including the mysterious Evolve from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, and NBA 2K14. Some of these titles will be announced in "the next several months", and there are "multiple releases planned for fiscal 2015", which falls across calendar 2014-2015.
The unannounced games are a mix of new IP and sequels, it seems. "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015 and beyond, we have a strong development pipeline for both traditional and emerging platforms, including revolutionary new intellectual property and offerings from our existing franchises," president Karl Slatoff told investors in an earnings call last night.
"For example, last January, we purchased the intellectual property for Evolve from THQ. This next-generation title is currently in development at Turtle Rock Studios, the renowned creators of the innovative, cooperative first-person shooter, Left 4 Dead. In addition, 2K recently opened a new Bay Area studio, focused on developing an exciting next-generation title."
You can read more about Evolve and view some concept artworks here. It appears to be a sci-fi squad shooter featuring giant insects.
"These represent just two of the more than ten unique titles in our pipeline for next-generation consoles, which includes multiple releases planned for fiscal 2015," Slatoff continued. "We understand and appreciate that both our consumers and shareholders are eager to learn more about our release schedule, and we expect to begin unveiling titles during the next several months."
Could one of these titles be a next generation version of GTA 5? Slatoff was unwilling to talk about this much-broached possibility, but stopped short of ruling it out. "We haven't discussed any plans for GTA, at all, in relating to next-generation. So nothing to say there."
This follows a long chain of denials on the part of both Rockstar and Take-Two as to the prospect of GTA 5 seeing release on either PS4 or Xbox One. "We expect there to be enormous consumer demand for Grand Theft Auto V regardless of when the next-generation consoles are released," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick observed in June. Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has also suggested that there's nothing tangible to be gained from releasing GTA 5 on a next generation platform, arguing that "there's plenty of power" in Xbox 360 and PS3.