Rockstar have officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V is headed to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this fall.
You can see the debut trailer as shown during Sony’s annual E3 press conference below:
Retooled for newer hardware, Rockstar promise across the board improvements including higher resolution textures, increased draw distance, denser traffic, new weather and damage effects, more wildlife and a resolution upgrade. The game will also include all the improvements and additions Rockstar have made since the original Grand Theft Auto V release, including added weapons, vehicles and Grand Theft Auto Online content.
Those that have played Grand Theft Auto Online will have the option of bringing their progress over to their new version of choice. Additionally the PC version will once again include a video editor.
At the recent Cowen and Company Analyst conference Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, said that he believes the Red Dead brand to be "permanent" in the same sense as Grand Theft Auto, while at the same time also reiterating that Take-Two is more interested in sustainable franchises rather than causing brand exhaustion through frequent releases. With sales exceeding 13 million units it comes as little surprise that a follow up to Red Dead Redemption may be in the works.
This follows the news from the most recent Take-Two investors’ conference call where they said they anticipate a major Rockstar release this fiscal year, meaning between now and March 2015. They also said that Rockstar will continue to support Grand Theft Auto Online with new content, including online heists. Last year Rockstar also teased forthcoming story content for Grand Theft Auto V.
The only officially acknowledged yet unreleased Rockstar title in development is Agent. Little is known about the game beyond the logo and it originally being announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
Unofficially we have known of there being a 3d beat ‘em up in the vein of The Warriors in development at one point or another for quite some time now. It is entirely possible that this game has been shelved for the time being due to the change in hardware.
Back in 2009 the composer of Bully, Shawn Lee, suggested that he may be returning to work on Bully 2. There has been no acknowledgment of the title from Rockstar beyond suggesting that a sequel was a possibility back in 2012.
There has also been much speculation about a PC release of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V, with a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release also a possibility.
If internet rumours are to be believed then Rockstar may be preparing a trailer to show off during E3. I would temper expectations on this one as Rockstar tend to do reveals in their own time and have historically not been big on E3 announcements.
All of this said where does this leave Manhunt? The 10th anniversary of Manhunt passed with not so much as a whisper from Rockstar.
Rockstar News | Rockstar Release Gamespy Service Update
Rockstar has published a list of titles that will be affected the forthcoming Gamespy service closure. Older PlayStation and portable gaming titles will be impacted the most. You can see a complete list by heading over to the Rockstar Support page.
It is now the turn of the European PlayStation Store to offer discounts on various Rockstar releases. While not quite the price cut North America recently had there are still some great deals to grab, including the PlayStation 2 version of Manhunt for £3.99/€4.99 and the PlayStation Portable version of Manhunt 2 for £3.19/€3.99. The sale ends on the 2nd of April.
As an aside, there are rumours of PlayStation 2 software emulation making its way to the PlayStation 4 with talk of the emulation including a resolution increase.
Zynga has announced that it has purchased NaturalMotion for $527 million. NaturalMotion being the creators of the Euphoria and Morpheme animation technology as used by Rockstar in Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and most recently Grand Theft Auto V.
Previously Rockstar had licensed RenderWare technology for use on games developed on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox, including Manhunt. After Criterion Games was bought by EA they decided to create their own proprietary technology, resulting in the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine as used on their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles and a secondary engine developed at Rockstar Leeds for use on their handheld titles and Manhunt 2. It is thought that part of the reasoning behind this was to avoid lining the pocket of a competing games publisher.
It may be some time before we hear from Rockstar regarding any possible future use of the technology within their games as at present the only announced title that Rockstar have in development is Agent. For their part NaturalMotion have said that they plan to continue licensing the technology.
This week marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Manhunt on the PlayStation 2. That means we can no longer use our fingers to count how many years have passed, we could use our toes to help, but the touching of shoes is somewhat problematic amongst the locals.
While we are celebrating milestones I think it is also worth noting that we have been bringing you Manhunt coverage and keeping the community alive for over 8 years now.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved over the past eight plus years.
Here's to the future! If we can find a way to continue keeping track of the years, that is.
Today marks the official launch of Grand Theft Auto Online on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
In order to access Grand Theft Auto Online you will first need to download a title update for Grand Theft Auto V. The latest title update also includes fixes for stored vehicles disappearing and various other bugs.