CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, has fueled speculation regarding the release date of GTA 6 – hinting the game may hit the shelves far soon than anyone anticipated.
Rumors have been rife regarding the development of the next game in the Grand Theft Auto series – presumably GTA VI – with fans desperate to see what the developer will bring them next following the overwhelming success of GTA V.
There was plenty of leaks in April and May which seemingly confirmed that the game could be released alongside the next generation consoles from both Microsoft and Sony – November 2020 has been suggested as a potential release date.
Nevertheless, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick believes the gaps between their big releases may be smaller in the future with “less pressure” on developers to bring new titles to market.
Speaking to gamesindustry.biz, he said: “I don’t see [the gap between games] expanding further. In fact, I would expect in many instances it may compress. And we believe in resting titles as a great thing.
"But I think eight years is probably too long,” Zelnick said, speaking specifically about the eight-year gap between the first and second Red Dead Redemption games
Zelnick highlighted that games may be shorter overall as a result, with the ability to regularly push out new content updates allowing new titles to be released quicker, albeit with less content on initial release.
“It’s possible that games may be a bit shorter than they were in certain instances,” he added. “It's possible that the ability to deliver content on an ongoing basis for a long time after an initial release of a hit would mean that perhaps that initial release wouldn't be as long in terms of number of hours of gameplay.”
While GTA 6 hasn’t been officially confirmed, it remains one of the world’s most eagerly anticipated future releases.
Judging by Zelnick’s comments, it may be released much sooner than anyone expected.