An exciting new reveal this week which can be connected to the eventual GTA 6 release points to the next Grand Theft Auto game not appearing on PS4 and Xbox One.
There’s been a wave of rumours in 2019 that points to GTA 6 being launched exclusively on next-gen hardware.
This would mean the next Grand Theft Auto game being developed for the likes of PS5, Xbox Scarlett, PC and Google Stadia.
But while Rockstar Games makes no official announcement on the subject, it’s impossible to rule out a release on PS4 and Xbox One.
There’s plenty of good reasons for parent company Take-Two Interactive to do this, especially when you consider the massive console install base.
But many industry analysts believe that the next Grand Theft Auto game will launch in a few years and therefore won’t be held back by current-gen specs.
However, a recent interview with Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick suggests that some of their future gaming projects are going to look impressive.
Speaking on CNBC, Zelnick revealed that some of their games would be able to harness next-gen hardware in impressive ways.
There was no mention of GTA 6, but it’s certainly a game that would benefit from exciting new graphics and gameplay.
“We have a new console generation coming, and that’s going to allow us to do some things that we haven’t been able to do before creatively, and that’s exciting,” said Zelnick.
“But as I’ve said before, we are going to reach a point where you won’t be able to tell the difference between what’s created in the computer and what’s real.”
Borderlands was pointed to as an example of a game that would remain animated and would not be a game that would go for photorealism.
And this makes sense, considering the history of the franchise and the dedicated fanbase it has built over the years.
Strauss added that certain games would benefit from things like ray tracing and making things look more like ‘live-action’.
An example given was Basketball and likely the NBA 2K series which has proven such a popular game for Take-Two.
But it would make sense that Rockstar Games will want to make GTA 6 look as good as possible, albeit, without looking too realistic.
So the idea that Take-Two won’t want to use this new tech to enhance their next GTA game seems unlikely.
GTA 6 will include a new and improved GTA Online mode, which will no doubt be as popular as the first.
So with that longevity, Take-Two will want to keep their flagships games looking the best they can.
Zelnick recently hinted at a range of new announcements being made by Take-Two companies in the future.
These were very vague but built a picture of big games being worked on that will prove very popular with their fanbase.
He told a recent earnings meeting: “We aim to build on this strong start by delivering a robust array of titles throughout the year, including Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, NBA 2K20, Borderlands 3, WWE 2K20 and The Outer Worlds, as well as new and innovative ways for consumers to remain engaged with their favourite entertainment experiences.
“Looking ahead, Take-Two has the strongest development pipeline in its history, including sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP. We are exceedingly well-positioned to capitalise on the positive trends in our industry, and to generate significant growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”
But until Rockstar Games officially announce their plans for GTA 6, we won’t know for sure about their plans for PlayStation and Xbox platforms.
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