Ever since the launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (way back in November 2014) we have seen numerous HD remasters of last-gen games such as “The Last of Us: Remastered, Halo: The Master Chief Collection”, GTA: San Andreas remaster (although for Xbox 360) and many more.
During an investor call, Take-Two (publisher of GTA franchise) was asked whether a full HD remaster of Grand Theft Auto series for PS4/Xbox One along the lines of upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection is one the card? and to everyone’s surprise Strauss Zelnick replied that they won’t rule out anything.
“In any given year we and our key competitors launch new intellectual properties and new iterations of older properties. And occasionally, when we see a platform shift, we will take an old property and create an iteration of that in a very similar form for next-gen. And we wouldn’t rule anything out.
That would be driven by the market opportunity that we perceive, and the potential for delivering a quality release. And that would be very much something that also would be driven by the passion of our labels [Rockstar and 2K].
It would not be something that we would mandate to our labels. Our labels are driven by the desire to delight consumers and pursue their creative passions, and that’s been a formula that’s worked extraordinarily well for this company for the past seven years [referring to the takeover…] So we don’t have a policy answer to it, except our job around here is to make sure that consumers are thrilled; to deliver the very best titles in the marketplace and to make sure that for the top creative talent industry that this is the number one place to work.”
In addition to this, Zelnick also talked about why development team behind GTA V decided to delay the launch of the game on PC as compared to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“When we move a title, it’s almost always the same answer, which is giving a title a bit more development time to make sure that it can be everything that it ought to be. And while we would prefer never to change a release date, it’s proven to be a good move for us in general. We have the highest Metacritic ratings in the business, and that correlates with revenue and ultimately, of course, profitability.”
GTA V will launch on PS4 and Xbox One in November 18, whereas on PC, it will launch on January 27, 2015. How many of you would like to see GTA HD Collection for PS4 and Xbox One?