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Zelnick on GTA V release date and next-gen

While most gamers will be disappointed that GTA V won’t be one of the games shown at this year’s E3 expo in LA, publishers Take Two are convinced that high demand for GTA V will see them get through all potential criticisms. More specifically, Take Two also believe that sales of the game will not be affected by the launch of next-generation PS4 and Xbox One consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

GTA V is not coming to these next-gen consoles of course, a fact that still surprises many gamers considering the prospect of how amazing GTA V would be on next-gen hardware. Having said that, the game is still looking unbelievable on current-generation hardware and Take-Two has defended the move to just release on Xbox 360 and PS3 at launch.

When speaking to MCV in a recent interview, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick firmly believes that GTA V sales won’t be affected by the arrival of next-gen machines. In fact, he has said that the install base of the current console generation is in excess of 120 million and most of these gamers according to him – will buy GTA V.

He has added that fans have been waiting for years to play Grand Theft Auto 5 and it is this demand that will see them negate any potential stoppage of sales during the week that next-gen consoles are released. GTA V now has a confirmed release date of September 17, while the PS4 and Xbox One are expected during the Holiday period in the US.

It would be great if GTA V was coming to next-gen, but we think nobody can criticize Take Two or Rockstar for keeping the game on Xbox 360 and PS3. Every screenshot we have seen for the game looks immense so far, and Rockstar as a developer can seemingly do no wrong at the moment.

Are you over the fact that GTA V isn’t coming to next-gen, or would you have still preferred to wait for a PS4 or Xbox One version? It potentially implies having two consoles in the living room now, with the current Xbox 360 or PS3 just serving for GTA V purposes as you switch over to next-gen.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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