Major UK video games retailer GAME have spoken out against what they call the “frequent” broken street dates that have occurred with recent releases, none more prevalent than Pokemon X & Y. GAME was forced to sell the title early after multiple other retailers had breached the street date of Saturday, October 12th, and began selling X & Y on Friday the 11th. Breaking street dates seems to be a more common occurrence than ever, with Amazon even shipping out GTA 5 early. GAME category director Charlotte Knight had these choice words about the issue:
“We take compliance with all industry standards and regulations very seriously. It was extremely disappointing to see a number of competitors break street date over Thursday and Friday on Nintendo products across both online and store environments. We are seeing street date breaches occur on a frequent basis and this undermines the work which goes in to creating exceptional launches.”
A rumour has surfaced that Rockstar had the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V up and running on Wii U development kits. Rockstar has yet to announce a Wii U version of the game and it’s looking increasingly likely that the console will miss out on this huge franchise. You may remember that Crytek had Cryisis 3 running on Wii U development kits, but they decided to cancel the game on the format due to the souring relationship between EA and Nintendo. Grand Theft Auto V releases on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17th.
All I know now is that GTA V was being tested on the kits for some time. However, my retailer friend says that having a game up-and-running on the Wii U dev kits is not the same thing as having actual plans to release the game
A rumour has begun circulating the internet which suggests that Take Two will be announcing Grand Theft Auto V for next generation consoles next month. The announcement is supposed to be coming during an upcoming investor event on May 16th. Whether this means that a Wii U version of the game will be announced remains to be seen, as the next generation consoles mentioned in the report are presumably the next Xbox and the PlayStation 4.
Last week, on January 31st, Rockstar Games announced that its upcoming action-adventure video game, Grand Theft Auto V, will be released on September 17th for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The publisher has yet to confirm if the game will hit other platforms, and according to GameSpot, Rockstar Games said there’s “nothing new” to share about whether there will be a Wii U or PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.
Rockstar says “nothing new” to share about Grand Theft Auto V for Wii U or PC.
-GameSpot said, via Twitter
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told MTV that he would love to see the Grand Theft Auto franchise come to Wii U. However, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said that he was incredibly skeptical about the console, when he spoke to journalists back in June. Here’s what Reggie had to say about Grand Theft Auto V and Wii U.
“The folks there have said very nice public comments about the Wii U.”
“In the end, it is Nintendo’s responsibility to have a large installed base, to have development tools that help the developers and publishers create great content, and essentially create an environment where teams like Rockstar can bring their very best content to our platform, and if we do that hopefully the very best content throughout the entire industry will show up on Wii U.”
Despite the fact that Grand Theft Auto V is currently only in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser says that other formats are up for consideration. Houser wouldn’t say any more on the subject, but it does suggest that they are at least considering the possibility of bringing the next instalment of the highly acclaimed series to Wii U and PC.
“Everything else is up for consideration. That’s all I can give you.”
“The main thing is we are not… we are a third-party publisher. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market. If that’s on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be.”
Rockstar has issued a press release confirming the previous leak that Grand Theft Auto will be arriving this Spring on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean.
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc, is very proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide during spring 2013 for the PlayStation computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we’ve learned about open world game design. We can’t wait to share it with fans.”
- Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games