The lights are on
While many of gaming's top franchises - like Call of Duty
and Assassin's Creed - have gone to a yearly release schedule - Take-Two doesn't
want gamers to burn out on its storied Grand Theft Auto series.
Speaking at the Wedbush Transformational Technologies
Conference, Take-Two COO Karl Slatoff said that even a GTA every two years
would be too much.
Slatoff commented, ""Often times people ask us 'Why don't you come out with
Grand Theft Auto every two years?' To us, that doesn't make sense, because
Grand Theft Auto, every single time it comes out, is a brand new experience.
You can't possibly do that in two years. And if we did that, our product would
fatigue and the franchise would degrade from a value perspective."
While investors would probably like a GTA game every year to
line the company's coffers, it's encouraging that Take-Two takes a long view of
the franchise. It's also very likely that the release of Grand Theft Auto V in
September will likely be the biggest game of the year.
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can i get an AMEN!?!?!?!
He makes good points. The game is finished because it's ready and not because you want to release something every year. Maybe some companies can learn from that.
Sounds like they are sticking to the their roots and following the Legend of Zelda model
I played GTA IV for the first time and loved it, but now it sort of sucks. I really hope I can get that feeling of awe when I play GTA V for the first time.
i personally wouldnt mind yearly release i love this franchise so much
Gamers need to speak with our wallets,support deveopers like this and avoid publishers like EA/Activision Since you know their going to milk their franchises anyways.
Smart I agree with this method. Wouldn't mind Call of Duty switching it up so the games feel newer and fresher instead of the product in a new package.
I don't know too much about take 2, but I've been rooting for them ever since they evaded the attempted EA buyout. Seems like the people running the company have their heads in the right place and it clearly reflects in the quality of the games they produce.
I think they are the only large company left not making anual franchises other then 2K sports, which is obvious.
Good to hear. At least Take-Two (& Rockstar) will be putting more focus into each GTA entry over a extended period of time (3-4 years to make a fantastic game) instead of trying to push a new game every two or so years.
Too bad that Activision and Ubisoft don't get a sit-down with Take Two. Still look'in forward to Black Flag anyway, but quality over quantity is always best.