This year we’ll see GTA V release for the third time on home consoles but it won’t be a simple port, according to Take Two’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick.
Zelnick recently spoke at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference where he touched on the topic of remasters, remakes, and ports.
“Remastering has always been a part of the strategy,” Zelnik said. “We’ve done [things] differently than the competition – we don’t just port titles over, we actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we’re launching it on.”
Of course, Zelnick is not just referring to Rockstar’s powerhouse release GTA V, but Take Two’s portfolio at large, which includes the likes of Borderlands and the recent Mafia Definitive Edition remake, among others.
“We’ve done great with the Mafia series, for example, and Grand Theft Auto [V] is now heading into its third generation which is incredible”, Zelnik said of the upcoming GTA 5 remaster. “It was a standard-bearer when it was launched, it continued to be the standard-bearer in the second generation, we’ll see how Grand Theft Auto does in the next generation. Obviously, I’m confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can’t do that if you’re just doing a simple port.”
It’s worth noting that Take-Two has previously spoken out about the potential for GTA remasters and remakes, stating that the company hears the fans and acknowledges that the demand is there.
GTA V was a critical success on PS3 and Xbox 360 all those years ago, and then the release on PS4 and Xbox One did even better, garnering critical acclaim and producing massive profits for Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two.
The improvements between the original release and PS4/Xbox One were huge – generational, one could say – but what about GTA V on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S? Rockstar has held the proverbial cards close to the chest since the initial announcement, with no new information reaching the public.
Grand Theft Auto V will release on PS5 and Series X|S sometime later this year, so expect Rockstar to start throwing coal into the engines of the hype train any day now.