Yesterday saw Rockstar take to the Internet to answer some of the burning questions that eager Grand Theft Auto V fans have been inundating them with in months gone by. The answers we received were very, very juicy indeed.
In Rockstar’s Asked & Answered article, featured on the Rockstar Games Newswire, they covered everything ranging from the number of discs to multiplayer and even gave next-gen and PC versions a mention, though without shining any light on that issue just yet. The headline grabber for me has to be the mandatory 8GB install that is required on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in order for GTA V to play. My article last week discussed how GTA V was looking primed to break records upon its worldwide release, yet this minor drawback could impact these sales ever so slightly and so Rockstar as well as retailers must be prepared to inform gamers accordingly. The popularity of the budget 4GB Xbox 360′s and 12GB PS3′s means that there will be a lot of these consoles in circulation when it is released. It is pretty safe to assume that a high percentage of these owners will at the very least be considering GTA V as a potential purchase come September 17th, and so they’ll need to buy additional memory in order to play it. Thankfully, Rockstar have released the following information to help gamers find a suitable USB flash drive and retailers are likely to regurgitate this information too:
“Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs. This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space. If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance. For PlayStation®3, the game ships on one disc and will install content as soon as you insert the game. The install is roughly 8GB, and players will be able to play as soon as the install is complete.”
Aside from the slightly restrictive install that is proving to be the main revelation that everyone is talking about, Rockstar have also responded to the usual questions regarding difference between performance on both of the main consoles. If, like me, you remember the endless, annoying videos comparing screenshots and gameplay footage from the Xbox 360 and the PS3 on YouTube following GTA IV’s release in 2008, just bear in mind that this is likely to happen again regardless of Rockstar’s input.
Since GTA IV graced our console of choice all those years ago, the industry has changed quite dramatically over the years. Many franchises famed for their single-player stories have sought out multiplayer as a way of extending a game’s life-span and popularity, with some of them completely losing sight of what made their game so excellent in the first place. GTA IV’s online mode was actually pretty good and provided me with a decent sized chunk of gameplay after I finished the main story. Following this, Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer modes then completely built upon what they’d already established and was a great achievement in my eyes. With a tried and tested formula spanning over 5 years now, Rockstar should be able to hit all the right notes with the GTA V multiplayer and have even made their aims vocal with regards to the online experience being ruined by unsavoury types:
“Ever since Grand Theft Auto IV was released, we’ve continued to integrate newer and stronger methods of cheat detection and prevention for each of our games. While we have yet to reveal specifically what new anti-cheating measures we have planned for GTAV, rest assured that we’re focused on creating as level a playing field and as fair, fun (and healthy as you say) an experience as possible for everyone. There will always be some people who want to cheat but we are going to do our best to stop it. We have spent a lot of time and effort making an incredible Online experience and proper support is part of that package.”
It seems like Rockstar know how to say all of the right things and more often than not they do live up to their word. Aside from the highlights mentioned in this article, they’ve also alluded to new information regarding Grand Theft Auto Online being released sometime soon as well as the first gameplay footage video hitting the Internet at some point over the summer. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite once again, you insatiable little blighters, then I don’t know what is.