GTA IV Pushed to 2008!

GTA IVYesterday’s Lair release delay was a surprise, but Take-Two’s announcement today that the release of Grand Theft Auto IV is being pushed back to 2008 truly came out of nowhere. That’s right folks, arguably the year’s biggest game is in fact no longer coming out this year on its previously planned October 16th launch date, due to the simple need for more time to complete the game. Now it is scheduled to come out sometime in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, which puts its new release time frame between February and April.

“Obviously, we are very disappointed to reduce guidance after having previously reaffirmed it,” said Ben Feder, Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two. “Other than a matter of timing, the movement of Grand Theft Auto IV does not compromise Take-Two in any way. We are in sound financial condition and have a great product line up. Grand Theft Auto IV is going to be the defining next generation video game action adventure.”

“With Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar is setting a new standard for next generation video games,” stated Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two. “Certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected, especially given the commitment for a simultaneous release on two very different platforms. We all recognize that perfecting the game is vital and I can assure everyone it will be worth the wait. We owe it to the game’s millions of fans, to our dedicated development team, and to our shareholders to make sure that Grand Theft Auto IV is a groundbreaking gaming experience that takes maximum advantage of next generation technology.”

“The new consoles are allowing us to create the Grand Theft Auto game we always dreamed about,” added Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. “Every aspect of the game and its design has been completely transformed. The game is huge and is pushing the hardware platforms to their absolute limits. The top engineers from Sony and Microsoft are working closely with the team in Edinburgh right now, helping us to fully leverage the power of both platforms. As always, our goal is to surpass even the wildest expectations of the game’s fans, and to create the ultimate high definition video game experience.”

Like with any game delay, the news is disappointing at first, but personally I’m all for it if it’s going to lead to a more polished game. GTA IV is a huge project with an immense amount of hype and expectation riding on it, so if rushing it out this year was going to compromise its quality I’m glad to see it held back. It’s not like this holiday season doesn’t have about a million other triple-A games to look forward to anyway…

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