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When Grand Theft Auto V (and GTA: Online) lands on PlayStation 5 in the second half of 2021, marking the third consecutive console generation where Rockstar's game has taken up residence, it will not be "a simple port". So says the CEO of Rockstar's parent company Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, as reported by VGC.
VGC has transcribed Zelnick's speech at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, which took place on March 3. In it, the CEO commented on how remasters are a key part of Take-Two's business strategy.
"Remastering has always been a part of the strategy," Zelnick commented. "We've done differently than the competition - we don't just port titles over, we actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we're launching it on. We improve the technology, we upgrade the visuals, and we make performance enhancements. And that's why I think our remastered titles typically do so well."
Calling GTAV's imminent arrival on PS5 "incredible", Zelnick stressed that he's "confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can't do that if you're just doing a simple port".
I've no doubt that Grand Theft Auto V will look the business on PlayStation 5 - not that I'll be playing the game on PS5 in 2021, given the stock shortages the console's continuing to experience. What I'd really love, though, please Rockstar, is some of those PS2-era classics that you've already got on sale for PS4, on the Switch. Vice City and San Andreas, on the go - how great would that be, really?
Very. Very great, actually. Until then, I guess us Switch players have always got L.A. Noire to keep us busy. Sigh.
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