Rockstar boss Dan Houser has expressed his interest in pursuing a science fiction based game, if they have a good reason to do so. Houser said that the team at Rockstar have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns. He then went on to elaborate that the best science fiction stories are those that speak about the human condition. Here’s what Houser had to say.
“We will do it the very second we have an idea. One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world. We’re not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we how to write a video game.
“When we decided to make a Western, it was because we knew we had something to say,” he went on. “We have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns. The best science fiction stories are those that speak about the human condition. So while this idea is very tempting and, by definition, anything’s possible in a videogame, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason.”
A recent job listing issued by Rockstar North suggests that the acclaimed developer is looking to create what it describes as a cutting-edge engine for current and next-gen platforms. The studio is looking to hire a Core Engine Programmer and a Physics Programmer to make this all possible. It’s likely that the engine will be used for the next Red Dead and GTA games.
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
Promotional artwork for Grand Theft Auto V has found its way online and it clearly states which platforms the highly anticipated game will be appearing on. Grand Theft Auto V will be coming this Spring to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Sadly there’s absolutely no mention of a Wii U version on any of the promotional material for the game.
Based on a listing made by Swedish retailer CDON, Grand Theft Auto V is coming to Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U. Although the game was officially announced in October of last year, its publisher, Rockstar Games, hasn’t revealed which platforms it will be released on.
Take-Two Interactive Software chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick has confessed that he remains skeptical about Wii U. Zelnick says they will create sports and family related titles for the console, but they are undecided whether to bring their hardcore franchises to the platform.
While Take-Two will make sports and family titles for the Wii U, its bigger core franchises have been notably absent from the list of partners. And that seems unlikely to change anytime soon.
“We haven’t announced anything,” says Zelnick on the possibility of moving the company’s mature titles onto the Wii U. “I’m skeptical.”
Although Rockstar won’t be attending E3, UK gaming publication Games Master states that they will be covering the game in their next E3 issue. Strangely the magazine also mentions that they will be covering The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 3, which was originally confirmed not to be making an appearance at the event. Do you think we will see Grand Theft Auto V at E3?
Rockstar has yet to put a date on the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, but it would seem that a member of Xbox Support could be privy to insider information. The Xbox Support member informed a Twitter user that the next instalment of Grand Theft Auto will be arriving this year. We should find out when Rockstar plans to release GTA V at E3 in a couple of weeks.
@TheRealDubster The next title, Grand Theft Auto 5, will be out later this year :) ^BB
- Xbox Support
Earlier today it was announced that Bioshock Infinite has been delayed until February 2013, possibly paving the way for Rockstar to release its highly anticipated next instalment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise Grand Theft Auto V. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes that the delay wasn’t a chance occurrence, but that Rockstar alerted the publisher that Grand Theft Auto V would be ready by October so Take Two decided to delay Bioshock Infinite. We should find out for sure at E3 next month.