A release date for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC versions Grand Theft Auto V is still not announced, but Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick is sure of one thing; GTA V will be better than you expect.
“One way to look at is that 34m copies have been sold, but there’s 7bn people on Earth,” Zelnick told MCV. “So we have over 6.9bn people left to address.”
“It’s a massive market and an amazing title. GTA is the standard bearer in the industry. How can you buy a next-gen console and not want to play GTA on it?”
From a next-gen console perspective, sales of GTA V won’t be restricted by the number of people on the planet, but the number of Playstation 4s and Xbox Ones in household. Sony announced at Gamescom that its console passed the 10 million units sold mark. Microsoft hasn’t announced official numbers for its console but it is expected to be around 5 million units sold.
The approximately 15 million consoles on the market today will likely grow by another 10 million or so by the end of 2014. That’s still not enough to come close to the PS3 and Xbox 360 sales of GTA V, which possessed around 150 million consoles between them at the game’s launch. Fortunately, Take-Two also has the PC release queued up to expand the potential user base substantially.
We already saw the impressive visual upgrades at E3 for GTA V coming to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and a nice comparison video by Digital Foundry. Zelnick appears to imply that there’s more to it than just visuals, though.
“In the case of GTA V, nothing but the very best will satisfy Rockstar. They want to blow consumers away. Whatever the expectation is, they want to exceed it. When you see GTA V on next-gen, I want you to tell me whether it is or isn’t better than your expectation. I will guarantee it will be better.”
Players are still waiting to hear more on how it will be better as Rockstar has been largely silent since E3 outside of a DLC release for the Independence Day. GTA V owners have been heavily anticipating the release of new DLC possibly featuring Heists, Zombies, or new Flight School missions and planes. There was the hint of something coming soon late last week but nothing was released.
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