Rockstar confirms GTA IV release date, blames PS3 for delay

By on January 24, 2008, 1:09 PM
Update: No word on a PC release date – if any. However, all major GTA releases have found their way onto the PC a few months after its console debut as a way to extend the shelf life of the game. Hopefully, Rockstar will continue with this tried-and-true tradition.

Take-Two Interactive frustrated fans of the Grand Theft Auto series when they announced back in August that the next installment of the game, originally slated for an October 2007 release, had been pushed all the way to April 2008. The company cited technical challenges with the multi-platform release as the reason for the delay, prompting many to speculate that the PS3 version of the game was proving problematic. Today, Rockstar Games finally answered those assumptions, admitting that the PS3 definitely contributed to the slip.

They did state though that the development is at the point now where the PS3 version has caught up to the Xbox 360 version and that an international release date of April 29 has been set for both. In the meantime, you can head over to CVG for their impressions of a “virtually complete” GTA IV and a bunch of new screens.

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canadian said:
But when is PC!
mekaonija said:
I second that, When oh when is it for the PC!!!
9Nails said:
Yeah PS3! I mean, booo PS3! Why did PS3 make them delay the game?! It's not like it is the market leader or that Take 2 planned to ship on all systems at the same time - take GTA4 on the PC for example...Anyone want take a bet against pressure from Sony causing the delay? Or that Microsoft asked for an Xbox 360 release ahead of the PC?
Julio said:
[b]Originally posted by 9Nails:[/b][quote]Anyone want take a bet against pressure from Sony causing the delay?[/quote]I would say it's as simple as an exclusivity contract. A few years back when a single console dominated (namely the PS2 or the Nintendo consoles before that) publishers were more easily pressured on releasing a game for a single platform.In this case GTA is likely getting a lot of free publicity and money from both Sony and Microsoft as long as the game is released on both consoles simultaneously.
icye said:
Its much harder to develop games on the ps3 than on the x-box 360. I will get the 360 version because it will contain less bugs than the ps3 even though I have both consoles.
BMfan said:
All you people moan about how long it take's to develope,yet when it's finally done it look and play's better than most games out there,just look at COD4,what would it have looked like if it came out when the PS3 was launched in march.I think developers should spend time making a game, we pay a lot of money for, so i wan't the best.I'am glad it's taking a while because i have just read a review of GT5 prologue and they rate it better than forza 2 and it's only the demo of GT5.I know it wont be everyone's thought.
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