Take-Two Not Narrowing Down GTA IV Release Date
Take-Two, the publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto series, doesn’t want to try to pin down a release date for the upcoming GTA IV until they’re “utterly convinced” that the game is ready. This is according to Chairman Strauss Zelnick, who said they wouldn’t announce another firm date until they were certain it could be met after failing to meet the October release date.
“It’s a fair question given that we weren’t able to stick to our firm date the last time. We’re going to give a firm date when we are utterly convinced that we have it and that isn’t right now,” said Zelnick during a BMO Capital Markets conference yesterday.
“We know it’s highly anticipated. Right now our view is to put out a high quality title and we’re not in the business of disappointing investors.”
Zelnick said that the initial fears over it missing the holiday season have been alleviated, and that the game will be able to take advantage of the larger install bases once it releases.
“I think there was a concern initially when we slipped that we missed the boat in terms of Christmas but I think that concern has been alleviated,” he said. “I think most people see it as okay – hardware penetration is going to grow over Christmas and because this is a must-have title it’s probably okay that we’re not selling it in the Christmas season.”
Could those fears have been alleviated because the title is going to be delayed until next fall? That’s what many have speculated, myself included, as the game seems too far out to make its current loose release date of Q2.