Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V will arrive just a few weeks and months before everyone expects the next generation PlayStation and Xbox to be formally announced. They’re pushing the current generation of consoles hard, that’s for sure, but why? Why aren’t they just aiming at next generation?
Why? Numbers. “We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience,” said Dan Houser to IGN. This felt like the way… “There’ll be a much larger audience on PS3 than there will be on PS4.” And yes, he said PS4.[videoyoutube]And in terms of technology? “Some other people talk about the limitations of the [current] hardware,” said Houser.
“We don’t feel there are that many limitations. At a creative level, which is the most important for us, we could say everything we wanted to say and do everything we wanted to do on these machines.”
“We didn’t sit there saying, ‘We’d like to do this in the game, but we can’t.’ There’s plenty of power in these machines.”
So why not target the PC, or the Wii U? “Everything else is up for consideration,” came the reply. “That’s all I can give you. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.”
“If that’s on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be. I think that’s the fun in what we do. We see ourselves as a content company that uses technology. We don’t make it; we use it to make the most fun stuff.”
GTA V is expected next Spring, for PS3 and Xbox 360.