Rockstar Labels ‘Conspiracy Theories’ for ‘GTA 5′ Delay ‘Nonsense’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 7th, 2013 at 11:17 pm,

Rockstar On GTA 5 Delay Theories

Just last week, Rockstar Games pinpointed a September 17th release date for its long in the making, open-world opus, Grand Theft Auto 5. By the developer’s own admission, that date is “about four months later than originally planned,” but according to Rockstar, the delay is simply a result of the game needing “a little more polish.” Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Apparently, not everyone agrees. In the wake of Rockstar’s announcement, a rash of opinions about the “real reason” for the game’s delay began to surface, with one theory – that next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch alongside the new systems this Fall – gaining much more traction than the rest.

It can’t have helped that Sony released the “See the Future” trailer the very same day Rockstar confirmed Grand Theft Auto 5’s release date. Suddenly, a simple confluence of events gained the appearance of a coordinated effort – this despite the fact that Take-Two Interactive‘s stock price dropped nearly 12% on the news of GTA 5’s delay.

Soon enough, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz weighed in, lending some authority to the notion that next-gen versions of GTA 5 might be forthcoming.

“In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results.”

“However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA’s stature will still be a major seller regardless.”

“We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this.”

GTA 5 Going Next-Gen?

Granted, Grand Theft Auto 5 is an awfully important title to release so close to the purported end of the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 life cycle – by some projections, it’ll be the biggest selling game of the year – and Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has already commented on the DLC that Creutz references. Nevertheless, Rockstar’s Dan Houser has been resolute in insisting that GTA 5 is a current-gen game, and his company is sticking to that assertion. In the comments section of the GTA 5 release date announcement on the Rockstar Newswire, the company is quick to dismiss any and all “conspiracy theories.”

“To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense — literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.”

That would seem to be that. Then again, Houser has stated on the record that “everything is up for consideration,” suggesting that Grand Theft Auto 5 might yet find a home on Wii U, PC, or the next-gen consoles. And let’s not forget that Rockstar has been hiring for next-gen development.

As always, timing is everything. To state the obvious, we know when GTA 5 is coming out; the same can not be said of PlayStation 4 or Xbox 720. Still, whenever the new consoles do hit retail, Take-Two Interactive will be prepared. It’ll have to be, if not with Grand Theft Auto 5 then with something – and the company has likely already been briefed on Sony and Microsoft’s tentative next-gen launch plans. Of course, there remains the possibility that neither console will go on sale this year, making the whole argument a moot point, but whatever the case may be, I doubt we’ve heard the last about GTA 5 for next-gen.

What do you think, Ranters? Is Rockstar preparing next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5? Will the new consoles even be released this year? Let us know in the comments below.

Grand Theft Auto 5 releases September 17, 2012, for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Source: Rockstar Newswire, CVG, Gamasutra


TAGS: Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 5, PS3, Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive, Xbox 360

  • gtamaniak5

    i dont think rockstar would treat us that way we always been loyal to rockstar we been very patience but if rockstar would do that it would not be fair

  • Joey Giardino

    For me, this begs the question that even if Rockstar was developing next-gen versions of the game, would we see a significant difference in terms of visuals, frame rate or content?

    Ask yourself whether or not Xbox 360 launch titles hold up to the current releases in terms of graphics and you’ll see my point. I think it’ll truly take a year or two in the life of the PS4/Xbox720 before i see myself saying, “yep…no chance the ps3/360 could’ve handled this game”

    * woot first post after lurking for 2 years 😉

    • Jeff Schille

      Excellent point. And, thanks for posting!

  • Hatton101

    Its a good point, but As previously stated, I dont think R* would do it, they have already said they wanted to bring it out on this gen because they can push it to its limits, when you think how early in this gen consoles life GTA IV came its going to be a breath taking improvement, rather than a basic entry level next gen game, as for them hiring next gen developers, surely they are going to need to do this for all titles they bring out in the future, they will need a stuff that is capable of pushing the bounders, I think its just a timing coincidence more than anything

  • pauly

    But not too long ago did Game Rant not post an article about when Rockstar like to release games when the first delay was announced? Saying that Rockstar like to release games in the late Spring time? Or am I wrong?

    Personally I think it is strange that they have pushed it on for so many months more but Im not complaing, now I can buy Bioshock Infinite without worrying about having to buy GTA V soon after.

  • Blockkid95

    GTA 5 will not come out for ps4 or xbox720

  • del

    I think it’s weird that people think it’s a conspiracy, it seems all too paranoid to me. Rockstar is going to sell a ton of copies, and make a ton of money whether sell it today, or tomorrow. Anybody that wants to buy it already knows about it. A delay isn’t going to do as much for their sales as it is for the game play quality.

    Ya’ll are watchin too much zeitgeist!

  • Chalice

    Uhhh, since when were both the new consoles supposed to come out in December?..

  • Brian Black

    The dark shadow of Epsilon has been cast over Los Santos. A six month delay out of nowhere and we’re expected to NOT be suspicious? What don’t THEY want US to know? Rockstar is obviously in turmoil; is anyone left in charge there? Is Dan Houser even alive still; or if rumours are to be believed, was he really found dead, lying in a pool of alien sperm? And what the hell have the Mayans got to do with any of this. THIS doesn’t make sense at all…

  • Akeden

    Just a quick reminder: Max Payne 3 was constantly delayed ever since its first expected release date in 2009; it ended up in disappointing most the fans.

    I am really optimistic, but I fear that this game will not meet our expectation and, of course, it will be postponed a few more times. The real “excuse” explaining why Rockstar can never keep their words is that their firm is not efficient as it should have been.

    I will check again on this subject in 2014, maybe there will be some real news about the game this time.

  • eric gieseke

    dont think i’l live to s ee this game mid 2015 is more realistic
    im just too old now


  • Derrick

    At this rate, GTA V will be my Christmas present to myself for being such a good boy this year lol

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