In an investor’s call regarding the company’s third quarter results, CEO of Take Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick discussed the future of the company in large terms as well some burning questions as to the future of GTA V. One popular notion as of recent, has been the possibility of Take Two releasing two versions of the game, compatible on either current gen systems or next gen. Though his statements weren’t by any means concrete, as to not take away the spotlight from Microsoft and Sony, who should be allowed to unveil their next machines, he did have an opinion on whether fans would wait for a second “optimized” version of the game, after it’s initial release.
“There is not one gamer who is going to sit out of GTA V hoping that something that is going to come along down the road that’s better.”
— Strauss Zelnick CEO Take Two Interactive
“There is not one gamer who is going to sit out of GTA V hoping that something that is going to come along down the road that’s better. It’s going to blow everyone away, and it’s going to be in the market in September,” he said, when questioned whether there might be a “dual-generation launch” for the game due to the proximity of its release date to Sony and Microsoft’s presumed Fall console launches.”
Rumors had begun to circulate after last week’s news that GTA V, which was pegged for a March 2013 release, would officially release in September 2013. No stranger to pushing back GTA games, Take Two’s decision has raised eyebrows on how the new release date would go, coinciding the launch of the new systems from Microsoft and Sony. While dual-gen games are by no means unheard of, the GTA franchise has tremendous power to shape the industry and the lack of a GTA on the new consoles at release could affect sales numbers for the new systems.