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Rockstar Explains Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't a Next-Gen Game
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Rockstar’s Dan Houser has explained why Grand Theft Auto V isn’t launching for next gen.

With the new wave of consoles just around the corner you could have forgiven Rockstar for holding on a few more months, but for Houser GTA V’s , saying that releasing the game in Spring 2013 is the “best timing of all.”

“Rockstar is a content company, not a hardware company,” said Houser. “We use the technology we have to create content, and we try not to let ourselves get beholden to the hardware. The fact that hardware’s so mature right now is exactly why we’re able to go on to the next level.

“GTA IV was our first attempt at a new platform and HD visuals, so the first part of development was seriously difficult. Now we know what the hardware’s capable of, so it’s become a lot easier to move things along and a lot more fun, too.

“GTA: San Andreas came out at the peak of the PlayStation 2′s cycle, and we put out a really good game thanks to that. All the best games for a console come out at the end of the lifecycle, right? So now’s the best timing of all.”

Watch out for a second GTA V trailer hitting later today.

[Famitsu via Polygon]




 
 

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Comment #1 by Axel Desade
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:27:11 AM
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Couldn't agree with what was said more. I even told my friends that GTA IV was similar to III, as far as just testing what you can do, and that the next game would likely be back on par with San Andreas.


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Comment #2 by xCRIMINALMINDSx
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:28:36 AM
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Fair play


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Comment #4 by SydLosttarot
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:30:44 AM
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Makes sense to me and I'm glad next-gen is still about a year off. Wallet is already hurting. This game sounds like it will be great.


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Comment #5 by mad4ra
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:33:20 AM
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@3 What exactly was wrong with Max Payne 3?


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Comment #7 by Sigmund666
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:38:44 AM
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And after we get it on 360, it will also be released with extra content and improved graphics and sountrack on the Xbox 720 as a launch title. SCOOOOORE!


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Comment #8 by mad4ra
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:39:57 AM
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@6 You dont have to feel offended, i just wanted to hear your opinion on what you didnt like about you, because is thought it was awesome. Dont be afraid there are actually some people on the internet that dont go nerdrage because of everything ;)


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Comment #10 by Axel Desade
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:47:07 AM
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@3 The article answers your question: GTA IV was our first attempt at a new platform and HD visuals, so the first part of development was seriously difficult. Now we know what the hardware’s capable of, so it’s become a lot easier to move things along and a lot more fun, too.

So essentially, they weren't sure how big of a map the 360 could handle, given the new physics/graphics etc. Now they know what it can handle, thus we have V.


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Comment #12 by Latias_On_Vox
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 07:56:10 AM
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If Max Payne 3 and it's rather short single player (roughly four hours on NYM Hardcore) needs two discs, I am assuming this will be a four or three disc title. Hopefully they allow us to install it so we don't need to switch them.


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Comment #13 by Kazenji
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:00:32 AM
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#12 Max Payne 3 didn't have a short single Player it was fairly long

want a short single player go check out Darkness 2


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Comment #14 by Zmoke
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:06:11 AM
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What a wistful moment to realize that this is the beginning of the end for Xbox 360!


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Comment #15 by Barad
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:30:27 AM
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Must see trailer..


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Comment #16 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:35:32 AM
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GTA VI > GTA V


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Comment #17 by oobawlzmahonyoo
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:36:47 AM
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@6 I don't think #5 was "offended so much" as you percieved him to be. I do believe he was simply asking what is wrong with max payne 3 and you damn near went off the deep end. enhance your calm!!


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Comment #18 by Zmoke
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:44:33 AM
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GTA HIV was sick!


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Comment #20 by oobawlzmahonyoo
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 08:58:42 AM
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Nah bro. pm if you want but i may just ignore you haha.


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Comment #21 by fodbod
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 09:29:11 AM
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The gta series is just a stupid copy of saints row :(


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Comment #22 by Cr4zyFr0ggg
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 09:34:38 AM
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#21: made my day! :D


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Comment #23 by Jane Starfish
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 09:46:47 AM
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If Gta IV was just a test on a new gen of console and was that good fuck knows what V is going to be like


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Comment #24 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 10:41:01 AM
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wow! So many comments removed from this thread...


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Comment #25 by Zombiedrd
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 11:12:23 AM
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Yay for me, because no way I can afford a new console.


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Comment #26 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 12:43:46 PM
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Man speaks the truth, main reason why I am at leat a year behind with latest consols is because of amount of greta games coming out at the end of older one's cycle=)


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Comment #27 by MrStabby1981
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 12:46:12 PM
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This is why I love Rockstar they let games mature and develop and don't churn them out yearly.


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Comment #28 by Wing X Custom
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 01:47:56 PM
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I would have preferred a next gen GTA to be honest, considering they probabably had to scale it down anyway. And for the world to be more graphically detailed if it is indeed as big as they say it is.


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Comment #29 by D-star
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 06:25:20 PM
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From a business stand point it would be less profitable to count on GTA V to be a next Gen console seller. Way more people have either a PS3 and Xbox360 than those who will have a next Gen console when GTA V launches. This way it maximizes the amount of potential customers and leaves the people who were wowed by it wondering what they will do on a next Gen console.


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Comment #30 by AlienLocust
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 10:33:56 PM
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I haven't been this excited for a game in a long time... Don't get me wrong, I am a huge gamer, and still buy tons of games to date... but the buzz that comes with a GTA is like no other.


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Comment #31 by Yourburntstar
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 10:52:04 PM
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that just means hopefully Red Dead Redemption 2 will be Rockstar's Next Gen Console launch game. because we all know that we want it and what better timing to have it come out then?


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Comment #32 by Harry Lloyd
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 08:04:30 AM
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I just hope they do a port for PC and next-gen consoles, so that we can upgrade the game at some point.


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Comment #33 by Jack Frost
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 10:57:24 AM
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The reason GTAV isn't a next gen game?:

Prolly has a lot to do with the fact that L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 underperformed as much as they did and R* would like to have some money come in the doors.


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