Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to Popularity of GTA Online

February 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says that the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online gives Rockstar the breathing room to take its time with the next Grand Theft Auto game. Speaking to MCV, Zelnick told the publication that there are no plans to launch another GTA title this year.

"A few years ago, we'd launch a title, it would be sold physically, then we would sell catalogue versions of it," Zelnick said. "Today we launch a title, and often, if not always, put out DLC. We've talked about recurrent consumer spending, where we have offerings where fans can engage and spend money on an on-going basis."

For many years Rockstar would release a new game almost every year since the launch of the first game way back in 1997. The first games was followed by Grand Theft Auto 2 in 1999; Grand Theft Auto 3 in 2001, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2002, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004, Liberty City Stories in 2005, Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto 4 in 2008, two expansions to GTA 4 and the mobile game Chinatown Wars in 2009, and Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013.

"With GTA 5, we have sold 32.5m units in to date, which is extraordinary," he added. "70 per cent of people that have played GTA 5 while online have played GTA Online, which is a free-to-play experience. And recurrent consumer spending, which includes GTA Online revenue, represented nearly half of our digitally delivered revenue in the quarter. So people are voting that they want to stay engaged and they are voting with their wallets."

Source: Polygon


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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

Why the heck would they release a new game already? I think people forget this is Rockstar we're talking about. Now I hope these guys aren't talking about the PC version. Surely to heck they are releasing that in 2014. Next gen release would be nice also. In terms of a GTA 6? Seriously, 10 years isn't out of the question with these guys. Okay, I would say 5 years would be a realistic goal. They have plenty other projects up their sleeves I'm sure. I question their value in GTA Online also. Hasn't that been a bust?

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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

This is to inform investors that there is no need to rush out products because of the sucess they have had with their current model. If you all remember investors downgraded Take Two for taking to long with getting Grand Theft Auto 5 out there. This reeks of investor talk and it's not meant for the average consumer but rather the investors ears.

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And yet the majority of investors won't care or understand the concept, all they hear is "Buy buy buy! Sell sell sell!"

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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

And those of us with a PC?

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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

Dude, it was five years since the last one.  No one was expecting a new game this year.

 

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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

I was about to say the same thing, but you beat me to it. However, I gotta wonder if they also meant DLC. It wasn't long after the launch of GTA IV when we got the Lost and Damned DLC add on. 

But as far a a 'NEW' GTA game? I don't expect GTA VI to come out for at least another five or six years, at best. 

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Re: Take-Two Says No New GTA Titles in 2014 Thanks to ...

This is a story for the investors ear. Take Two has been downgraded numerous times due to Grand Theft Auto V's length in development. The average investor assumes games are like toys that they quickly come off the assembly line and someone hopefully buys them. With Rockstar what they make is a quality product that takes time that consumers will most likely buy. Investors who do not research their products and companies and firms who do not look into all factors helped get Take Two downgraded once again right before Grand Theft Auto V's release date. So whoever invested after that drop and before the release date made a killing because Take Two out performed all investment firms expectations.
 
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