News: Rockstar Vice President insists GTA V’s release on current generation of consoles is perfect timing.
Dan Houser, Vice President for Creative at Rockstar, has explained why he believes Grand Theft Auto V being released at the current-gen’s end of cycle is the best time for a new GTA title. Speaking to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (and thankfully translated by Polygon), Houser explained Rockstar wouldn’t be held back by the current generation of consoles: “We use the technology we have to create content, and we try not to let ourselves get beholden to the hardware.”
Houser used the example of PlayStation 2 classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas “it came out at the peak of the PlayStation 2′s cycle, and we put out a really good game thanks to that. All the best games for a console come out at the end of the lifecycle, right? So now’s the best timing of all.”
I still question how well a new Grand Theft Auto will run on current gen, especially Xbox 360. Assassin’s Creed 3, whilst a great game, is a prime example of developers pushing the hardware too far; its frame rate running so inconsistently. Even Grand Theft Auto IV ran at an inconsistent frame rate.
A spring 2013 release date for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was recently announced by Rockstar.
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