Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Reasons Why Rockstar Chose Not To Release GTA 5 On PS4 And Xbox 720

The Reasons Why Rockstar Chose Not To Release GTA 5 On PS4 And Xbox 720

I wrote an opinion piece recently that argued the case for why Rockstar would release Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox 720, however my opinion was placed to rest after the developer announced a release window for the game. But my arguments were valid ones, so much so that Rockstar felt the need to clarify why it wasn’t releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox 720, and why it went with current-gen consoles in lieu.

Speaking to IGN in a GTA V “Burning Questions Answered” piece, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser said:

Some other people talk about the limitations of the [current] hardware. We don’t feel there are that many limitations. We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience. This felt like the way… There’ll be a much larger audience on PS3 than there will be on PS4.

At a creative level, which is the most important for us, we could say everything we wanted to say and do everything we wanted to do on these machines. We didn’t sit there saying, ‘We’d like to do this in the game, but we can’t.’ There’s plenty of power in these machines.

Do you agree with him?

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  • nick

    in other words we lack the creativity and imagination to make use of the extra capabilities next gen systems would of offered us.

  • Baran Altuncu

    @nick: It’s not because of they don’t want to, it’s because they are afraid of the console. Do you really want to develop a game like GTA for a console that is mostly directed to children?

  • Ghost250

    @grim what are you talking about? how is a ps4 and 720 directed towards mostly children. we don’t even know what there direction is in the first place. unless your talking about the wii u which i have to disagree since most of their launch was full of mature 3rd party games. the only games meant for children was nintendoland.

  • Baran Altuncu

    Oh wait bloody hell, I was thinking about the why they weren’t developing for the Wii U, sorry mate.

  • nick

    wiiu is not a next gen system, hell its not even a current gen system!
    R* wont make this on next gen systems because their lazy, and their greedy.
    they dont want to go through the extra effort of upgrading it for the extra power, and also because there will be so few people buying them on launch they wont make much money off it.

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