The Last Hurrah
By Joseph Christ on January 31st, 2013 (3 comments)
Earlier, Nick wrote about the three month delay of GTAV all the way to September 2013. While normally a small extension like this wouldn't be a big deal, there is a certain issue of the new generation barreling down the tracks to consider. It's fairly accepted that the the Q4 2013 will bring at least one new console from either Microsoft or Sony, meaning that we'll quickly be entering a black hole wherein releases on previous hardware become mostly null and void. They'll appear, of course, but most gamers will be looking ahead, with a much smaller percentage suckling the teat of last gen ports.
This puts GTAV in an odd position. First of all it means that GTAV will probably be the last AAA title of this generation. Fitting, if you ask me, but it also raises the question as to how long of a tail GTAV will be able to muster unless some next gen form of the game is eventually released. Some talk of that has already started, but Take 2 knows full well if that talk gets too loud, many people are just going to wait. Then there is the question of extended DLC, sometimes lasting years, for a game on a console that most people have moved away from. It's a delicate publishing situation, to be sure, and I wouldn't be surprised if an Ultimate Edition of some sort makes it onto the next gen consoles within six months of their release.
It reminds me a lot of the situation that played itself out for the release of San Andreas. The PlayStation 2 version was released far ahead of the PC version and many people opted for the console version simply to hold themselves off until they could obtain the better looking, and better running, PC version. That situation might be playing out again -though this time between consoles- here.
Does this mean I'll be one of those who wait? Hell no. I won't be able to hold myself back from GTAV on release and that essentially means I'll end up buying the game again for the new hardware. A move that I'm sure a lot of people will end up making eventually. Personally. I'm just surprised they're shooting for a this-gen release at all. Yes, 'known hardware' and all that...but is the next gen architecture really going to be that different? Bigger, yes...but different?
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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