GTA 5 could finally be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One according to Take-Two CEO's promise of Rockstar Games working on titles for the next-gen consoles.
"Rockstar Games is hard at work on their upcoming lineup, and we're excited about what they have in store for the new generation of systems this fiscal year," said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. Take-Two is the parent company of Rockstar. According to Polygon, the company's fiscal year is from April 2014 through March 2015.
Rumors as to when and if GTA 5 would be making the jump to the newer consoles have been circulating for awhile. This statement by Zelnick does not necessarily mean it will happen, but it is quite possible. A few weeks ago an analyst chimed in on what he thought of moving up the game.
"Well, the PC version, you know, I think is a very easy port. So I am certain that's coming out, and I would bet anything that it comes out this year. The Xbox One and PS4 versions, not so fast, because to port from 360 to One is probably very hard. If you look at Titanfall, for example, it went the other way," said Michael Pachter, Managing Director of Equity Research at Wedbush Securities to Gaming Bolt.
He continued, "I think they might need to redo the code, which might take them a long time, a year or more, and that's if they spend their time and attention on that, and from everything I can tell, Rockstar's busy working on GTA Online. So I would say PC version this year, most likely. Xbox One and PS4, this year? Probably not," referring to the game coming to the next-gen Microsoft console.
Pachter is unsure of the significance of the game being ported to the next-gen because he feels most of the people that are fans of the game already have it for the older consoles.
"So it's the next 30 million who may not have bought it, so it might be a compelling title in a year. I don't think they leave a lot of money on the table, especially because it launched so late in the last console cycle that they likely already got through to those guys," he said.