With the unveiling of the PS4 grabbing all of the attention in the gaming world this week, all of the gaming news seems to be on the next generation and when Microsoft will reveal their future plans. Aside from the next generation consoles, the biggest release this year should be Grand Theft Auto V. With the updated release date now being September 17th, it will be released perilously close to the expected release of the PS4. With the next stage of the gaming development almost upon us, I for one would like to see GTA V be delayed again to exclusively coincide with the release of the PS4 and whatever the Xbox console will be called (if possible).
With the life of the Xbox 360 and PS3 coming close to being in the past, I would hate to see GTA V being in that category. Fans of Rockstar’s ground-breaking sandbox title which has amused gamers since the game made the leap to 3D gameplay in 2001 have waited 5 years for the next GTA title to be released. GTA has always been seen as the example of gameplay which many games can only hope to emulate and to see the excellent series be developed using old technology when the next generation is upon us is ridiculous in my opinion.
The game will no doubt be as popular as the previous titles as anything Rockstar touches when it comes to sandbox games, equal sales. GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire are all examples of games which have all sold well and this is partially due to the Rockstar badge on the front cover of the game. The game could be a great incentive for gamers to purchase the PS4 or the next Xbox console and would be boost sales quicker.
Of course sales aren’t the be all and end all of the gaming world (arguably) but in order to attract more gamers onto the next phase, the products on offer need to be enticing. Playing Carclub or playing music using the Move controllers may appeal to some gamers but a release of GTAV would appeal to the masses and have gamers throwing their money at the consoles.
The only way I could describe if GTAV were released in September, just before the release of the PS4, would be like if GTA: San Andreas was released just before the PS3 was released. The graphics would be old fashioned and would seem to be if it were released in the past. As someone who has owned each GTA game, I feel it would be of everyone’s interest if the game was delayed again to coincide with the release of the next generation. Although the future consoles may be able to play games which were playable on the PS3 and Xbox 360, I believe it is in the community’s interest if the game is delayed again.
It may seem ludicrous to delay one of my favourite gaming series but I believe it would make a better product. It would not be an easy thing to do as some of the game would have to be changed but it certainly would be changed for the better.
Grand Theft Auto V deserves to be tomorrow’s news, not yesterday’s.