No one could say that Grand Theft Auto V has struggled to sell copies in its first couple of days on the shelves. On its very first day on sale it raked in a staggering $800 million from sales around the globe. And yet according to social networking websites and blogs, there are some avid Rockstar Games fans that have hesitated to purchase this latest and highly acclaimed latest title in the GTA franchise. Why? Because they’re waiting in the hope that this game might come to the next generation of games consoles.
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar, spoke out to explain that unlike many other game franchises, Rockstar work on one Grand Theft Auto game at a time, meaning there is no current GTA game in development for the next generation of consoles, though we’re sure it won’t take long to get underway. As GTA 5 was very much developed for the current generation, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 4, it could be a significant effort to port the game to the new consoles, but Houser was adamant that the company is ‘interested’ in the next generation of gaming.
The official line is unclear then, but an analyst from Robert W. Baird, Colin Sebastian, has this week made claims that GTA 5 will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014. According to Sebastian, re-releasing the game would ‘help extend the value of the franchise’ in what could be a very front-loaded sales pattern for the title, with most of its income generated from the first couple of quarters after release. As it’s going to be a considerable time before we have access to the next Grand Theft Auto game it’s quite likely that Rockstar would seek to keep interest in the franchise by making their own mark on the next generation consoles with a relaunch.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 09/19/2013
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