Wednesday, February 5, 2014
GTA 5 for Xbox One and PS4 will appeal to a small subset of next-gen gamers
An Xbox One and PS4 release of GTA 5 will not prove as popular, relatively speaking, as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has said.
"We think that GTA 5 sales were front-end loaded, and a next generation version of the game is unlikely to achieve its historical attach rates," wrote Pachter in a research note relating to Take-Two financial results. "We believe that few gamers who intended to purchase GTA held off their purchases at launch, given that it has as yet to be announced for next-generation consoles."
He added: "We think that the launch of next-generation console version of the game will have great appeal to those next generation console purchasers who have not yet purchased the current generation version, but we think this is a small subset of next generation console purchasers in 2013 - 2014."
Pachter is also rather down on the performance of GTA Online.
"We are also pessimistic that GTA Online will contribute meaningful profits in the next fiscal year," wrote Pachter. "The game is available only to consumers who purchase GTA 5, limiting the addressable market to a fraction of the typical multiplayer audience.
"While it is clear that the game has monetized well, it was only a portion of the $132.8 million in digital revenues Take-Two generated during the quarter. We think it is important to note that Take-Two generated $105.5 million in digital revenue during the prior quarter, suggesting that at most, GTA Online is contributing $27 million per quarter."
Pachter suggests Rockstar must expand the game's audience by "making it free-to-play for all users" to avoiding limiting the revenue and profit potential of the game.
Wedbush Research Note
The rumor mill is churning again. “Grand Theft Auto 5” may launch for the PC, Xbox One and PS4 this June. A Czech game retailer has listed the title for sale, showing availability for Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles as well as the PC.
SuperGamer.cz shows the title being available on June 13. Though many eager gamers are hoping for a PC and next-gen release, the PC cover art appears to be somewhat suspicious. On the top of the cover, it says “Games For Windows Live,” the collective name for a set of services and software Microsoft no longer uses. Kind of a major mistake, don’t you think?
Saturday, January 4, 2014
The PC release date for “GTA 5” has once again been hinted by a customer representative at Amazon. According to a report from WCCF Tech on Jan. 1, the online retailer once again stated the company still does not have an “exact date” for when the computer version of the newest “Grand Theft Auto” video game will be in stock, adding that fans should contact Rockstar Games directly for more details. However, Amazon expects the shipment to arrive sometime by the second month of 2014. You can find the statement below:
Unfortunately we do not have an exact date for it to be in stock as of yet. You may think of to contact Rockstar for further information. We are expecting it next year by February, but no clear date is guaranteed for now.
Another Amazon employee previously stated that the online retailer is expecting that PC release date of “GTA 5” should be on March 12th in North America and March 14th in Europe.
The publishing company, Rockstar Games, has remained silent on the potential of a port to personal computers. However, the “Grand Theft Auto” series does have a history of ports arriving later to other platforms. “GTA 4,” for example, came out for the PC several months after the console launch.
Rockstar North currently has a full slate of projects revolving around “GTA 5.” In addition to trying to patch the remaining issues with “GTA Online,” the development is also planning to add new contents (such as co-op heists) along with launching major expansions for the open-world action-adventure video game in the next year.
You can take a look at the same title on the PS3 and Xbox 360 with the gallery to the left of this article.
You can order the product from Amazon in the following link: “GTA 5.”
Friday, January 3, 2014
Rockstar Games was not able to include a "huge volume of plans and ideas" for Grand Theft Auto V that would have pushed the game even further, art director Aaron Garbut recalled in an interview with Edge.
"As a group of people, we're never short of ideas. There are always things that come up during development that you want to add," Garbut said. "Often we do, but the closer you get to release, the less that happens. I don't feel like the game fell short, but there is undoubtedly a huge volume of plans and ideas that we wanted to do to push it further."
Not having these features in GTAV didn't hurt sales or reviews it seems, as the game was widely praised andgenerated more than $1 billion in three days. The open-world action game has shipped over 29 million copies so far.
Your imagination will have to suffice, as Garbut did not provide any details regarding the "plans and ideas" that didn't make the final version of GTAV. We may see these features included in a new entry in the series, as Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies acknowledged in October that the studio has plenty of ideas for GTA 6.
Also in the interview, Garbut said if Rockstar had elected to create an authentic representation of Los Angeles for GTAV, the game's fictional Los Santos would have been less convincing and compelling. This is because, Garbut said, the version of Los Angeles that most players know--from representations in movies and TV--is more interesting than the reality.
"I'd never want to rebuild a city. I think that would be a lot less satisfying both for us to build and for the player to play. In a lot of ways, it would be less convincing, too," Garbut said. "Only a relatively small subset of players ever get to know the real LA or New York. Most experience it through film and TV, or through short visits, and that's a highly edited representation."
"We do the same: we take the feel of a city, the one we get through visiting and through experiencing it our whole lives through media, and build that," he added. "We compress, we edit, we emphasise certain things and we end up with something that in some ways, I think, feels more like the popular perception of the place than the actual city. Only because the popular perception isn't the real city, if that makes sense."
Finally, Garbut described Rockstar's three-character approach for GTAV as a "leap of faith" that could have ended poorly if it wasn't executed properly.
"It was an interesting idea, and it felt like we could do interesting things with it, but it also felt like a change to the core of the game that might backfire," Garbut said. "I think it really worked out."
For more on GTAV, check out GameSpot's review.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The online retailer previously confirmed that “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and “Mortal Kombat” would come out for computers. The two fighting games were first released on consoles and originally weren't expected to be ported to the PC platform.
“Grand Theft Auto V” will most likely follow a similar path. A customer service representative from Amazondisclosed that the open-world action-adventure video game would be coming out in North America on March 12 and then in Europe on March 14. An official announcement is expected to be made by the publisher, Rockstar Games, later today.
“GTA 5” features a massive campaign with three playable main characters along with a robust “Grand Theft Auto Online” multiplayer mode. The aforementioned Rockstar Games shipped 29 million copies of the software product on just the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, making it the fastest selling video game in history.
Along with “GTA 5” on PC, fans are also demanding ports to the PS4 and Xbox One. Another representative from Amazon recently stated that Rockstar Games could share some information of the next-generation console versions by the first week of 2014.
You can find a few screens of “Grand Theft Auto V” in the slideshow to the left of this article.
You can order the product from Amazon in the following link: “GTA 5.” A few holiday deals can also be found in the following link from Amazon.com: Holiday Deals.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A PC version for “Grand Theft Auto V” could be released in March 2014, according to reports this week.
Rockstar, the developer of the popular franchise, has refused to acknowledge the existence of a PC version of the game.
But The International Business Times, citing a pre-order release from a Norwegian retailer, said the PC version of the game would come out around March 19, 2014. But as the publication points out, there’s no confirmation that it could be accurate.
The report did not mention the name of the retailer.
The Times noted that Rockstar’s support Twitter started responding to users about GTA 5, saying to “Keep an eye out for info on that on our newswire page: http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire,” which is a new development.
According to WCCF Tech, other evidence of a PC release includes that nearly every “AMD Catalyst Update contains the GTA V executable” binary. The website also notes that the PC version could have DX 11 and 2k Textures available for the PC.
“GTA V” has been out for several months on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and it became the world’s fastest-selling game, generating sales of more than $1 billion around the world.
Before and after its release, an online petition has been signed by 500,000 people, clamoring a PC version. “I can’t believe we’ve gotten to 100,000 signatures! It’s unbelievable. Keep sharing this and we’ll catch Rockstar’s eye in no time. They must know we exist by now!” it reads.
It is unclear if there will be Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game.