Grand Theft Auto 5 To Be Xbox 720 Exclusive


The headline is daring, I know – but it’s quite possible that, with Grand Theft Auto V’s incessant delays, Microsoft has offered Rockstar a hefty lump sum to release the title in 2013 instead of this year, and make it exclusive to Xbox 720.

The game will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360, but it won’t see a release on Sony’s new console, PS4, hitting storeshelves in tandem with Microsoft’s Xbox 720, codenamed Durango.

They Have Every Reason To Do This.

Microsoft has, because while Sony owns dozens of IPs that will surely make the platform standout, including Killzone 4, GT5 and Uncharted 4 – just to name a few, Microsoft on the other hand has nothing. Nothing because it’s releasing its biggest-known IP this year as a farewell to Xbox 360. That game is Halo 4, and while one can argue that Gears of War will be in Microsoft’s stable for a long time, the next game from that franchise will be released on Xbox 360 early next year. Xbox 720 has nothing that’ll cause it to shine – but Microsoft has money, billions to burn, and Rockstar isn’t ran by robots, but people with big money appetites. If the offer is big enough, like say $50 million, Rockstar wouldn’t hesitate delaying the game to make it an Xbox 720 exclusive; even if it’s timed.

You must remember that Microsoft and Rockstar have partnered before, when the latter firm announced The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV, as timed Xbox 360 exclusives. Who’s to say they won’t partner-up again. They already have, I believe.

Tonight, Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto V is “in full development and showing substantial progress,” however the developer failed to give any more information. When company boss Strauss Zelnick was asked a direct question concerning whether the game would release this year or not, he said: “We haven’t talked about a release date, so we can’t talk about the credibility of a release date we haven’t announced.” That’s after unveiling the game with a rather telling trailer on November 2nd, 2011, a trailer making one year since its release this fall. If Rockstar hadn’t planned to release the game this year, the reveal trailer wouldn’t have come so early. Plain and simple, the plans were altered because of money.

Sony Must IP-Up

If Microsoft winds up with Grand Theft Auto 5 exclusively on Xbox 720, the console will have a big advantage at launch over Sony’s PS4. There are people, millions of them, who would buy any console that Grand Theft Auto is on, doesn’t matter what else the competitor may offer. To speak honestly, Sony’s between a rock and a hard place if this prediction ends up being true, which I believe it will.

In the end, though, both machines will do well and Grand Theft Auto 5 will eventually make its way onto PS4. The difference is Microsoft would have once more find a way to stay in the game; giving Sony a sucker punch once again.

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20 Comments on "Grand Theft Auto 5 To Be Xbox 720 Exclusive"

  1. Ghost250 July 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm -

    in the words of podcast beyond! I DOUBT IT!!!

  2. wicken July 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm -

    This is will never happen mate.

  3. Ernice Gilbert July 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm -

    You guys need to explain why it’ll never happen.

  4. Ernice Gilbert July 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm -

    I made my case, and I believe it’s strong.. People said the same thing for The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony – but guess what, it happened.
    I think this is really plausible and I’m convinced that’s what’s happening now.

  5. CaribbeanCLANK July 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm -

    GTA V can come to PS4 2 years after XBox and I still wouldn’t buy it. Microsoft should spend all this money they have to make solid exclusive titles for the gamers who buy their consoles. Reserving rights to “timed exclusive” games is a complete waste of money and shows a lack of originality and imagination on Microsoft’s part.

    Rockstar would be foolish to go along with this as they will loose more than they would gain. Making deals for DLC is one thing but the release of such a big game is another. The sales from GTA V world wide if it goes multiplatform may break a few records…why would Rockstar miss out of such sales potential?? And why would they do this with a console that everyone knows very little about?? The Xbox 720 could be a complete failure. What if the PS4 is the dominant console next generation.

    Rockstar has spent a ton of money on this game and they intend to make it back. Making a deal like this with such a big unknown is a gamble I doubt Rockstar is willing to take.

  6. Ghost250 August 1, 2012 at 2:34 am -

    the only reason why BoGT & L&TD were timed exclusive was because Microsoft had to do something to one up sony because at that time sony practically owned the video game market. what a better way to get sales over the competition than to get exclusive content for the most anticipated game and the most famous series at the time. Rockstar had no choice because they were in a bind while developing Red Dead. rockstar had nothing to lose they make the GTAIV DLC exclusive for a couple years and then the DLC will come to PS3 and the same time practically fund Red Dead. thats a deal no dev could have refused. in today’s days its a different story, microsoft is no longer the company that needs to step their game up. their console is already the first go to choice for an HD console and the multiplats are practically better on xbox than sonys, their onlines better, etc. if anything sony would more than likely be the one to make GTAV exclusive rather than Microsoft. plus microsoft already stated they no longer care for exclusives, they can milk their same core franchises and people will still come back.

  7. Christos Chatzisavvas August 1, 2012 at 3:22 am -

    My prediction is it will be released early 2013, or December 2012 even. There’s plenty of time to hype it up, and there’s no need to hype it up, it’s damn GTA, so even if they announced it’s coming in December, it would still sell millions.
    However, I think it’s a little farfetched to say it will be a timed exclusive. Rockstar would not piss off their original fanbase (PS and PC) by letting people wait a week or more before they get their hands on what they craved for so long. I know it would tick me off, and I’d wait to buy the game used, so Rockstar doesn’t get my money and learns that you don’t bite the ones that brought you where you are for the sake of some money. We’re not talking about exclusive DLC, but a game which has been years in development, and has millions of people waiting for it.

  8. foxton August 1, 2012 at 4:56 am -

    even if this is true, which i doubt it, who cares? you say its coming out on PS3 so why would i care if it comes out exclusive for xbox 720? when i buy a ps4 i wont buy it to play a game thats already out on ps3. as long as GTAVI comes out next gen on sony im not bothered, although i doubt ill be playing consoles by the time that comes out!

  9. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:11 am -

    @Ghost: Your argument isn’t strong enough, man. You said Microsoft is in a good position? That’s not true. Like the article states, Microsoft is in dire need of new IPs, but a new IP at the beginning of a console gen won’t move units, you need something that’s established. Problem is, Halo 5 won’t be a launch title, Gears of War 4 won’t be a launch title – what else is there?
    Grand Theft Auto V is there. So Rockstar will say, ‘Ok MS, we can’t make it exclusive on current gen because we’d lose too much money, there are just too many PS3s in the wild to miss out on. But if we release GTA V next year, on both current and next gen, we could work something out’.
    Microsoft has deep pockets, folks. Very deep pockets. They can pay Rockstar $100,000 million if they have to, just to get what they want.
    Look at what happened to Final Fantasy XIII? And what about Versus XIII? Why do you suppose it was never released?
    Don’t be blind, this could very well happen.

  10. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:13 am -

    @CaribbeanClank: You said no one knows if Xbox 720 will be a failure – that’s the whole point. It will be a failure if there’s not enough compelling software at launch. It won’t be a failure if the second biggest franchise in gaming is one of its exclusives.
    Software sells consoles, not vice versa.

  11. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:15 am -

    @Christos: I don’t believe this game will release this year. There’s no room left for nothing. Not for advertising, and not for a proper launch.
    And about pissing off fanbase – the PS3 fanbase wouldn’t be pissed off because they could still play the game.
    It’s a safe move, and plausible, too.

  12. nick August 1, 2012 at 6:22 am -

    no way in hell would that ever happen!
    i seriously even doubt GTAV will be exclusive to next gen systems, let alone exclusive to a next gen system!
    publishers never reveal games before their targeted systems are released!
    so theres no way in hell this will be exclusive to next gen systems, let alone 1 next gen system!
    not to mention the money they would be turning away!
    publishers are greedy fucks!
    R* is not going to turn away 10s of millions of dollars for a exclusive deal!
    no matter how much M$ pays them!
    than the third reason R* is constantly complaining theres not enough space on the bluray disk, i remember when GTAIV was releasing they were complaining saying they could not fit everything onto the game because of the bluray size restrictions.
    god knows why they were complaining about that and not the 360 DVD version, but whatever.
    point being the day GTAV releases exclusive to A console, does not matter which one!
    is the day pigs learn how to fly backwards, and the war on terrorism stops, the day guns are banned worldwide, and the day the war between heaven and hell ceases!
    IE its NEVER going to happen!

  13. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:24 am -

    “I seriously even doubt GTAV will be exclusive to next gen systems, let alone exclusive to a next gen system!”
    Eh, what do you mean?

  14. Christos Chatzisavvas August 1, 2012 at 6:31 am -

    I think Microsoft should focus more on IP’s they own, instead of snatching exclusivity deals. I also think that, if handled correctly and not like PS3, the PS4′s launch can be the best out of the 3 next gen consoles. Sony has the foundation to create big IP’s, and has a ton of existing IP’s to go with the console. They can absolutely dominate the launch, if they work a lot.

  15. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:39 am -

    @Foxton: Believe me, many gamers will care.

  16. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 6:40 am -

    @Christos: That’s exactly my point! Microsoft knows Sony is in the best position next gen! It has everything lined up! MS knows it and they’re looking for a way to turn the tides.

  17. foxton August 1, 2012 at 8:49 am -

    there are far too many sony fan boys out there for Rockstar to ever even consider this, you seem to forget outside of N. America Xbox are way behind sony. If Rockstar were gonna go exclusive for next gen why would they even bother going to xbox? if your saying that microsoft struggling for release titles and therefore would struggle to compete with ps4 then if this was gonna happen sony would be offering Rockstar more than microsoift to kill off microsoft and obliterate them in next gen.

  18. Ernice Gilbert August 1, 2012 at 8:55 am -

    Again, Foxton, Microsoft has money. Rockstar don’t care about you and me, really, they care about money.
    If Microsoft can cough up $100 million to make GTA V a timed Xbox 720 exclusive while the game sees a release on PS3 and Xbox 360, they, Rockstar, lose nothing. It’s a win-win.

  19. foxton August 1, 2012 at 9:16 am -

    but why would they pay millions, just to get it onto 720 as an exclusive if it was already out on ps3? if they were to do that they would have to spend millions on redoing it for next gen, why would they waste their time doing that, and then spend hundreds of millions for the pleasure, when it will sell probably 90% if not more of total sales on current gen? just doesnt make any sense to me what so ever

  20. benzo August 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm -

    I see where you are coming from EG. You make very very valid points. And as much as I would like to say “B.S” on this, I think you have a pretty compelling argument. $$$$$ runs things,which isnt always in the best interest of gamers. I would be disappointed if/when this exclusivity becomes a reality. And considering the fact that Take Two has yet to make good on their promised Sony exclusive game (Agent),this would be a serious blow to the company’s Sony relations. Its just sad that MS has a few great first party studios,and all we have gotten recently are stupid kinect games from them(Rare).

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