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.