GTA V release date delay spawns next-gen, platform talk

The news that many had been secretly fearing has just come to light this week. Rockstar has announced that GTA V has been delayed by four months, due to the developer needing extra time to polish up the game and make it even better for their fans. The game will now be released in September instead and there’s talk on whether this may accomodate other platforms, or even cause the game to switch over to next-gen consoles instead.

While everyone would obviously like to have seen the game release in Spring 2013, we doubt there can be too many complaints from the community considering Rockstar’s reputation to deliver amazing games. That four months is going to be a long time to wait for some though and we wonder if it now means that Rockstar has extra time to also contemplate the possibility of bringing the game to the Nintendo Wii U and PC platforms.

Don’t forget at the end of last year, Rockstar had stated that Wii U and PC versions were under consideration, so will we now see a surprise Wii U port of the game around the same time as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, or is it still too late for that? On the other hand Rockstar may not want to just make a standard port without giving it their full attention (similar to Tomb Raider).

The other big talking point emerging from the delay is next-gen consoles. It is heavily rumored that both the Xbox ‘720’ and Sony PS4 will be releasing at the end of 2013. With GTA V now having a confirmed release date of September 17, are Rockstar perhaps taking a risk if new consoles are just releasing a few months later – theoretically?

On top of that there’s also rumors that the PS4 won’t play PS3 discs or used games, so that creates another potential problem for Rockstar to consider. Then again, they must be in the know what is happening with next-gen internally so it’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Firstly, what is your reaction to the delay – do you have no problems waiting another four months for the game? Secondly, your thoughts on Wii U and PC versions entering the fray?



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