Will GTA 6 come out this generation? We certainly hope so, but it's been a long development cycle so far for the team at Rockstar, and parent company Take-Two has hinted at one of the big reasons why.
Basically, Take-Two believes that Rockstar "seeks perfection" with its Grand Theft Auto games - a lofty aim that will surely add to development times. Speaking on an episode of the Good Time Show podcast (via PCGamer), Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed the upcoming project and the series in general, and what it means to both Take-Two and Rockstar.
"That's a challenge that the folks at Rockstar face every time there's a new iteration of Grand Theft Auto [...] it needs to be something you've never seen before on the one hand, and it needs to reflect the feeling we have about Grand Theft Auto. That's a big challenge for the team..."
"Just seek perfection. Seek nothing short of perfection and we'll get there."
While the two teams seem to have similar goals in terms of creating another absolute mega-hit with GTA 6, the Take-Two CEO was keen to stress that the publishing side of things has its own perspective that must be taken into account.
"[Take Two] adopts our hits like they're part of us... and we take it personally if people screw around with them [...] It's not okay if the creators make a choice that is inconsistent with how we think these hits should be developed."
We hope that Rockstar and Take-Two manage to balance their individual expectations here, and that GTA 6 actually comes out sometime soon. Remember, we're only a few months away from Grand Theft Auto 5 becoming 10 years old - the Xbox 360 version launched on September 17th, 2013!