Take-Two Explains The GTA IV Delay

03
Aug
2007
By MishoM | 3rd Aug 2007 at 00:51 GMT in GTA IV | 19 Comments
As many of you know, earlier today Take-Two announced that GTA IV would be delayed into 2008. Well, the reasons behind the delay are now a bit clearer. Two Take-Two execs have shed some light on the delay, going on to say that the reason behind the delay were "almost strictly technological problems... not problems, but challenges". The guys, (Strauss Zelnick, Ben Feder) mentioned that they were "highly confident" that Grand Theft Auto IV would ship in the games new "release window" (Q2 2008).

When they were asked if either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 were the problem, they responded by saying "I know there have been rumors in the marketplace about frame rate and some other issues. We don't think it's helpful or beneficial to go into exact details of what the technological issues are. We're pushing the envelope on both the platforms." Looks like neither consoles in particular were the root of the issue causing the delay, I'm assuming that the PS3 version of the game being "two weeks behind" wasn't the issue. The "final say" in delaying the game was made by Zelnick, but he stresses that delaying the game was nothing that him, nor Rockstar Games took lightly.

When asked about the Xbox 360 downloadable episodic content packs, Zelnick said that the delay won't effect the deal, and they aren't "...gonna send money back to Microsoft." I'm assuming that the first episodic content pack will go on sale via the Xbox Live Marketplace extremely soon after the game is release - which is good! On a side note, the guys mentioned ManHunt 2. Saying they won't give out a release date until the game receives an "M for Mature" rating.

All of this information was released at Take-Two's "conference call" earlier today. At least we now know exactly what happened! The press release didn't exactly give us many reasons, so it's good to know what was the actual cause before rumors about "the PS3 being the reason", or "the Xbox 360 being the reason" started to pop up. To be honest, this isn't exactly a bad thing. There are many great titles hitting both consoles this fall, the time will fly by!

Source: Kotaku.com
Join The GTA Place On:
7.62mm's photo
7.62mm 3rd August, 2007 @ 02:03 - Permalink
Well I guess if it's for the better I can wait :)
MishoM's photo
MishoM 3rd August, 2007 @ 02:24 - Permalink
Posted Image


LOL! I love Joystiq! :lol:
Wheelman101's photo
Wheelman101 3rd August, 2007 @ 03:22 - Permalink
3rd POST!!! lol noice pic, but eh atleast it explains a bit
7.62mm's photo
7.62mm 3rd August, 2007 @ 03:47 - Permalink
Didn't they say neither console had anything to do with the delay of gta IV? :P
At least GTA 4 will all be polished more. Maybe more gameplay.. Maybe more cool stuff ;)
Kitsune Inferno's photo
Kitsune Inferno 3rd August, 2007 @ 11:03 - Permalink
And I'm glad Xbox-owners won't have to wait long for the episodic content. Especially me, because that content will probably already be out by the time I actually purchase GTA 4.
Red_91's photo
Red_91 3rd August, 2007 @ 11:10 - Permalink
PS3 two weeks behind? I would have thought that obth were going to be made on par. Anyway least we know its either coming out from february - April.
gtashaun's photo
gtashaun 3rd August, 2007 @ 12:53 - Permalink
hey man you need to remove the countdown
Chris's photo
Chris 3rd August, 2007 @ 14:56 - Permalink
Oh yes, I should, thanks. Will remove it right now.
surrealistic ArtSweet's photo
surrealistic ArtSweet 3rd August, 2007 @ 15:39 - Permalink
oh man... it has been delayed??? oh well, at least we will have something more in the GTA IV features right?

i already expected this, i mean if R* wants GTA IV to be the perfect game for us, it must be delayed, besides, putting it on October is overrated, and risks some competition with HALO 3 and many perfectly designed game that'll come out around christmas and new year.
Busby's photo
Busby 3rd August, 2007 @ 17:08 - Permalink
Oh well it means there some extra money that you buy one of the other good games coming out this year :thumbsup:

And btw GTA: SA came out the same time as Halo 2 and I dont think there was much competition
surrealistic ArtSweet's photo
surrealistic ArtSweet 3rd August, 2007 @ 17:13 - Permalink

Oh well it means there some extra money that you buy one of the other good games coming out this year :thumbsup:

And btw GTA: SA came out the same time as Halo 2 and I dont think there was much competition

yeah, but people will be confused on what to buy if they didn't have that much money, they have to choose one of them, and from my opinion, i think Halo is one of the most addicting game of all time, besides GTA

i hope they'll change GTA IV good, and more cool features, maybe they will have time to improve the cellphone Niko uses
swisstony123's photo
swisstony123 3rd August, 2007 @ 19:37 - Permalink
Gaaaaa This is gonna kill me!!!! The thought of GTA was making me push harder with my work so that I would have been finished in time for it's release!?!?! My plans are ruined lol!!! :tongue:
bvs21's photo
bvs21 3rd August, 2007 @ 20:15 - Permalink
I heard from another source that another reason for the extension was that a small audience tested GTA4 along with two other games. Because they gave the games bad ratings, the release date was extended. Anyone else know about this?
swisstony123's photo
swisstony123 3rd August, 2007 @ 23:26 - Permalink

I heard from another source that another reason for the extension was that a small audience tested GTA4 along with two other games. Because they gave the games bad ratings, the release date was extended. Anyone else know about this?


Can't be the reason as two many independant games reviewers tested it and none of them gave GTA a bad rating and thats the only code thats about for independant testers and game magazine/website companys....I'de imagine unless they've played a new bit and it had some major bugs that could'nt be fixed easily
Harwood Butcher's photo
Harwood Butcher 4th August, 2007 @ 00:22 - Permalink
I just got a call from Gamestop and they said that GTAIV will be released in March.
7.62mm's photo
7.62mm 4th August, 2007 @ 03:22 - Permalink

I just got a call from Gamestop and they said that GTAIV will be released in March.


Lol man! No you didn't! I DID! LOL I just told you that on MSN! O well you steal my post. :lolbounce:
Btw I said Eb games ;)
Urbanoutlaw's photo
Urbanoutlaw 4th August, 2007 @ 04:39 - Permalink
As much as it sucks to wait longer, I'd rather wait for them to fix the problems than have another piece of buggy software.

I loved "Scareface: the World is Yours" until I ran into glitches. The developer/publisher had a lousy attitude about support
& I will never buy another product from them.

R* did the right thing w/ this.
TOXIC's photo
TOXIC 4th August, 2007 @ 08:29 - Permalink
Hey ppl some of the plus points of the delay:
1>We will divert our attention from SA/VC Stunting later..
2>They're definitely gonna make it look better..cooler..
3>(personal reason)I wont be lagging behind in GTA4's progress due to preparation for my exams in feb-mar, as I have played both SA & VC long after the whole world did it..its one of the happiest news for me ppl..that i too will play with ya'll since one of the most important exams will b over.
U kno, i was kinda disappointed b'coz of gta4's release in oct.. But i'm happy now....
hope u all will join me in my joy.... TGTAP Rocks!!!!!!
gtafan07's photo
gtafan07 5th August, 2007 @ 03:44 - Permalink
Say, didn't the other GTAs get delayed too, because I did, I kind of expected this, but forgot about it seeing all the great previews and demo reviews.

Some of our affiliates:

GrandTheftAuto.fr GTA Chronicles GTA-Xtreme.de GTANetwork.it GTAJunkies Liberty City Survivor

View all affiliates