GTA 6 release date news this week includes a great update for PS4 and Xbox One fans waiting on the big Grand Theft Auto reveal.
While developers Rockstar Games have yet to confirm anything official about their next project, a few tidbits have been shared by parent company Take-Two Interactive.
The big games publisher has already revealed that they have one of their strongest ever lineup of titles in the works.
And they’ve now confirmed some big news concerning Grand Theft Auto, and what won’t be included as part of the franchise in the future.
In a recent interview, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick talked at length about the prospects of a Grand Theft Auto movie.
It’s something that other major franchises have attempted, and mostly, failed at accomplishing in the past.
This past is strewn with mediocre motion pictures that have failed to live up to standards, and the good news is that Grand Theft Auto won’t be one of them.
Zelnick effectively ruled out the idea, and it sounds like good news for everybody, gamers included.
While Take-Two has the cash to finance a movie, they don’t have the expertise to put one together.
To do such a thing would mean working with a third-party and losing partial creative control over one of the biggest entertainment franchises of the 21st Century.
The idea of a movie could also affect the output of GTA 6, especially when you consider how big a crossover event between the two could be.
However, while some companies have been tempted by this, it doesn’t sound like something Grand Theft Auto fans need fret over.
Speaking to TheWrap’s Sharon Wasman, Zelnick reiterated that Take-Two would be sticking to the business they knew the most about, making AAA games.
“Part of it is, if we were to do something like that, we’d want to have complete creative control to make sure we expressed it the way we wanted,” Zelnick revealed.
“And that would mean we’d need to finance that motion picture. While we have the balance sheet to do it, we don’t have the corporate expertise to do it.
“Only a handful of people inside Take-Two have ever worked in that business. I’m one of them. But that’s not what we do for a living.”
Focusing on how big Grand Theft Auto had grown, Zelnick added: “You have the most valuable intellectual property ever created by mankind: Grand Theft Auto.
“We wholly own and control it. Are we really going to let go of that and hope that someone, no matter how talented they are, will do a really good job with that?”
Without costly side-projects to bog it down, there’s at least one rumour GTA fans can safely rule out won’t be surfacing soon.
Take-Two has plenty of other IPs away from Grand Theft Auto, although most will have a hard time competing with a GTA 6 release date.
There’s still no word on when we might see an announcement and fans could be waiting until 2020 to hear more about what Rockstar is doing next.
The only recent hint that something big might be coming is sourced from a recent earnings call.
During which, Zelnick highlighted the fact that more sequels are on the way from the company’s biggest franchises.
Commenting during it, Zelnick highlighted the strength of their plans, telling investors:
“Looking ahead, Take-Two has the strongest development pipeline in its history, including sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP.
“We are actively investing in emerging markets, platforms and business models, and are exceedingly well-positioned to capitalise on the positive trends in our industry and to generate growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”