The Mystery Behind Take-Two's Decision to Delay GTA 6 PC Announcement

The gaming world was sent into overdrive in December, when the first video for Grand Theft Auto 6 was released, confirming a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S launch in 2025.

The Mystery Behind Take-Two's Decision to Delay GTA 6 PC Announcement
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Forthcoming interview at the TD Cowen meeting, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick talked to a touchy inquiry on the brains of numerous PC gamers out there — did the absence of a PC declaration for GTA 6 inadvertently mean the confirmation that a GTA 6 PC port wasn't happening? Zelnick's reply made it sound as if nothing was set in stone.

With the conference call concluded, Take-Two has since provided a clearer transcript for the same Q&A response: the fact that we have not yet made an announcement does not mean that we are not making announcements," he said. "If not-quite-an-announcement is made, what happens is announcement or no-announcement on the part of the announcement, too-BAN-annon. It does not seem to me either would be set in stone.

Zelnick teased the platform strategy Rockstar typically takes, which in practice has meant launching on console first, and then on PC later. Rockstar has a platform strategy that we have seen before, and for this announcement, we would expect it fairly soon. I think the right strategy for our business is the following, which is to be where the consumer is and our company has always reached consumers wherever they are, whether that's on devices or in different platforming environments over time.

This is not the first time Rockstar has used this method. Grand Theft Auto 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, LA Noire, and Red Dead Redemption 2 have all followed similar release patterns, releasing on consoles before their eventual PC debut. The only real exception to this rule was the original Red Dead Redemption which showed that even when a game has never come to PC (it never did, even though fans have been holding out hope for 14 years); it might still, eventually, come.

In related news, Take-Two recently adjusted its financial projections, suggesting a shift in Grand Theft Auto 6's release timeline from a broad 2025 window to the fall/autumn of next year. This announcement has intensified the anticipation among fans eager to dive into the next installment of the iconic series.

Grand Theft Auto 5, released in 2013, continues to be a monumental success for Rockstar and Take-Two. It set a record by reaching $1 billion in retail sales faster than any other entertainment release in history and has since sold approximately 200 million units. With such a legacy, the expectations for GTA 6 are sky-high, and both console and PC gamers are eagerly awaiting more news on this highly anticipated release.

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