GTA 5: Rockstar on Why It's Not on Next-Gen Platforms, Wii U & PC "Up for Consideration"

Rockstar comments why Grand Theft Auto 5 is not on next-gen platforms...Wii U and PC versions still up in consideration.

by on 19th Nov, 2012

While Grand Theft Auto 5 has been pencilled in for a Spring 2013 release for the PS3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar's upcoming sandbox game has yet to be confirmed for the PC. Not only that, but can Wii U owners expect a version for their console, too?

These questions are answered by Rockstar VP Dan Houser in a recent interview with IGN. When Houser was askedwhy only the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions were confirmed so far, he admitted that a PC and Wii U version is "up for consideration."

Everything else is up for consideration. That's all I can give you. The main thing is we are not... we are a third-party publisher. 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.

So, now that's answered. Why isn't GTA 5 on next-gen platforms? Houser feels that they can reach a wider audience if they release it on current plaforms.

Some other people talk about the limitations of the [current] hardware. We don't feel there are that many limitations. We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience. This felt like the way... There'll be a much larger audience on PS3 than there will be on PS4. 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.

Well, there you go. There is a chance that Grand Theft Auto 5 will be on PCs and on the Wii U. Although, if I was a betting man, I'd bet money on the former rather than the latter.  

Do you think Take-Two will release GTA 5 on PCs and even on the Wii U? Why or why not?

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