New Grand Theft Auto V screens as Rockstar apologizes for long dev cycles

Studio says extended development process done to ensure quality, offer "fresh and exciting" advancements; new screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V released.

Fans of Rockstar Games properties like Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne have had to wait many years between installments, and some are bothered by this gap. As part of a new Asked & Answered feature posted to the company's website, Rockstar apologized for its lengthy development cycles, and ensured fans that the studio spends its time focusing on quality.

A new look inside the world of Grand Theft Auto V.

"We are sorry that it sometimes seems to take a long time, but the massive amount of work it takes to imagine, design, build, and populate a digital world is simply staggering, and we are constantly striving to make sure each game surpasses the last one," reads a line from the statement. "We try to work as fast as possible, but given the combinations of cutting edge technology, high resolution graphics and animation, and hundreds of thousands of sound files, all of which have to work perfectly, and be fun and enjoyable to play, it is not surprising the games take a while to make."

"Even with sequels to existing games, it is important to us that they have a lot of new elements and feel fresh and exciting," the message continues. "We feel it is our duty to make sure the games are as good as we can make them and as innovative as we can make them."

Elsewhere in the update, Rockstar spoke about Grand Theft Auto V. The company confirmed that the upcoming open-world action game will not have any kind of beta, and warned users that any solicitation purportedly offering access to a GTAV beta could be a "dodgy online phishing scam."

A sunny day in Los Santos.

While Rockstar did not offer any new information regarding GTAV, the company said gamers can expect new information and assets from the game "soon." Additionally, the firm released two new images from the game, the first of which (embedded above) shows off a police helicopter high above the Los Santos setting. The second image (at right) depicts two individuals sitting on a waterside dock, dipping their feet in the water.

As for why Rockstar has remained largely silent on GTAV since announcing the project in October, the firm said it doesn't want to spoil the game prerelease, and it is simply not ready to show more.

"We want to keep plenty back for the actual game release so there are still lots of surprises when you play it," the statement reads. "The only things we care about are that you enjoy the experience of actually playing the game and that we release accurate information. We just have not been in a position to show more of the game than the trailer and will not be for a while yet."

Lastly, Rockstar addressed the future of the Red Dead Redemption franchise, saying news about a sequel to 2010's much-praised open-world Western is forthcoming.

"We don't always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean that we won’t get to them eventually," the statement reads. "Stay tuned for further announcements about the future of the Red Dead series."

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395 comments
vinusharma2009
vinusharma2009

Is this game gonna be on pc???? cause gamespot din't mention pc as one of the plateforms this game will be available on...

Fredd_E_Sharp
Fredd_E_Sharp

Quality first, I agree Rockstar. They've never failed us & it seems they're taking whatever extra time needed to keep it that way. Nice!

DurdenBR
DurdenBR

I'm afraid that the game map will be only in Los Santos, in San Andreas we had four different areas, simulating the countryside and Cassinos too...

Antaeus1991
Antaeus1991

I prefer the map size and diversity from GTA San Andreas, this is just the bottom right corner so not too excited :|.

WarpedCore
WarpedCore

I don't mind delays or a longer than normal span between games- as long as it is done right. Rockstar has never done me wrong and if it takes longer to put out a masterpiece, then so be it.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

This is the kind of tittle I don't mind waiting for. Only as long as the game is worth it.

HackRider
HackRider

i can't wait to lay my hands on it...

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

I'm not complaining. The longer the better. That goes to show at least some developers care about putting out a complete, and quality product. Thank you Rockstar.

csward
csward

Take as long as you need Rockstar, as GTA has been lackluster lately compared to Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire. How many game developers actually do this nowadays anyway? Not many.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Dear Rockstar, never apologize for wanting to deliver quality over quantity and speed. You are one of the few developers that I can hear about your game coming out and already know that I am going to get it without seeing anything. You are want the industry needs to be like in terms of delivering an pleasant experience with your games. Keep it up!

waterproof9
waterproof9

I can't do anything but wait. If waiting proves to Rockstar that they have loyal dedicated fans, then let's all wait a little longer for an excellent release.

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

the reason why no fan of rockstar can complain on taking to long is because they always come out with great games ... so i'd rather have a game that is worth the wait than the unfinished and disappointing rushed releases  

ghost115z
ghost115z

The trailer was running on a console because it had bad shadows and it only went up to 720p and you could easily tell it was console graphics

banana23man
banana23man

The setting looks very modern. Nothing to complain there, though I did have lots of fun with VC and SA (the 80s and 90s).

banana23man
banana23man

If those are actual gameplay screenshots, I'd say it looks like a PC release (plus consoles, of course). Reason being, even on low-medium setting, GTA 4 looks better on PC than it did on consoles, that is to say, consoles hardware probably cannot produce such images on the fly. For those that are going "get off, you PC fanboy!", I have a ps3 and a gaming PC. I love my ps3 but I cannot deny its limitations.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I like that it takes a while between GTA titles... I'd probably get bored of it if they spammed them out like Cod fishies.

chilipalm
chilipalm

Bring Red Dead Redemption to the PC already!!!

CTR360
CTR360

looks awesome i hope coming this fall i cant wait any more

Vickman178
Vickman178

Graphics look amazing! Take all the time you need as long as its like how San Andreas was maybe even better! (GTA4 was poop in comparison in terms of gameplay)

sonofMJJackson1
sonofMJJackson1

GTA Series should have been a playstation exclusive franchise but i guess its important for sony to have competition from microsoft anyway GTAV will be way better than thecrappy GTAIV, I dont really really promote crime but you have release the vandal inside somehow.

hurvee
hurvee

Rockstar has not given us any other information about GTA V except for the two mysterious images of the game. Really? Are they suggesting somethin in those pictures? I've been waiting forever for this game and now only two screenshots are provided. Nice job teasing us further Rockstar. Well, since pictures are all we have, I think we can spin a lot of thoughts around them while we wait for the hard facts to come. One thing that come to my attention after a bit of analyzing the photos was that the graphics are all that great as expected. There were rumors that GTA V will debut on an Xbox 720 or the next generation PlayStation console. I don't think the pictures reveals other telling signs that GTA V will run on Xbox 360 and PS3 only. At 720p, the pictures look basically the same for pictures running in current generation of Xboxes and PS3s. Even to an untrained eye like mine, there is an obvious similarity. Considering that the new Xbox 720 and PS4 will be out sometime during the last quarter of 2013, GTA V will definitely be released on 360s and PS3s rather than the new gen consoles. It's illogical that this terrific game will roll out for 720s and PS4s next year. Even so, I think the game will run fine and will still be enjoyable in the least even if it runs on old Xbox 360 hardware. Hopefully rockstar will show us more details about this game during the next Gamescom this year. By the way, keep checking out this site for the latest news and gaming updates: http://www.gamearena.com.au/news/ It's a cool one just like gamespot. these are the only sites i rely on to get fresh gaming juice all the time.

nick280455
nick280455

to be honest i would rather have another red dead game than a GTA5

KrAzY_Croat
KrAzY_Croat

I just hope they do a proper job with the map of San Andreas this time. Driving around through those massive rural roads to get to the objectives to me was.....boring.

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

definitely  going to be building myself a pc for this game for the better graphics and mods. oh and for skyrim :D

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

ive seen a few still pics of this game and i have to say the game looks amazing. should be interesting to see how they pull it off without much technical issues on the 360 version and its dvd format.

yohansetiawan
yohansetiawan

can't wait enjoying san andreas for more... may rockstar don't screw it up..

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

I would prefer them to take a long time with their games to ensure stunning quality as opposed to taking a short amount of time to release it and then patch it to death when they realise it's broken. Keep on it Rockstar, as long as it takes, I will be buying GTA V on release day and I don't mind waiting a long time for it to come out as long as it's almost-perfect on release.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

If all that time produces their usual quality of game then I for one am happy for them to take as long as they like. I only wish other companies would take as long and produce similar results.

Vastano
Vastano

Don't know why he's apologizing, it's not like they've pulled a Duke Nukem on us.

 

Seriously though, I for one am happy with the long dev cycle as long as the quality of the game is high, then there is no problem :D

brgreen
brgreen

Game look good, but I never played the GTA series. I could never get into the game.

3nd_Of_The_Lin3
3nd_Of_The_Lin3

 @DurdenBR Ahh yes, the incredibly huge map of GTA San Andreas is certainly something I would like to see in GTA V. For me, it's one of many aspects that keeps me playing San Andreas to this date!

 

On one hand, if the map becomes smaller as in to only represent Los Santos, then yes, some of the game's replayability factor gets lost. Besides, huge maps are almost always better.

 

On the other hand, a huge map is prone to have more bugs and glitches than a small one and have reduced quality. If they're just making Los Santos and that took all this time, imagine if they were making the whole 4 different areas... If they are making those areas, hooray!

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

 @LonelyHippie27 RDR was allready a sequel. The first game was a PS2 game called Red Dead Revolver, then Red Dead Redemption. It will probably be an entire different game, different character and idk about different setting. I dont know how many western worlds they can do.

michaelimer
michaelimer

 @LonelyHippie27

 How could you possibly be "surprised" by the fact Rockstar will make a new RDR sequel with it being just about the greatest video game ever created? lol When a company makes $75,000,000 on a video game, chances are they will attempt to duplicate that feat.

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

 @csward dont understand what you mean that GTA is lackluster lately. The last GTA game that came out was GTA IV and that  came out 2 years before Red Dead and 3 years before LA Noire, so of course those 2 games are going to be better quality considering theres years between them. If you're saying that GTA V is lackluster, I just don't have any idea what so ever on how you can judge a game with 1 trailer and 2 screen shots with one of the makers of the game saying its not even close to being done yet. For all we know this came might not be our for another 2 years so please explain how you can judge a game when its not even close to being done? Or are you just one of those whiney pain in the ass skeptic gamers?

michaelimer
michaelimer

 @csward

 Red Dead Redemption is the greatest game ever created. L.A. Noire looked really good but was pointless. No fun.

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

 @banana23man No offense bro but then you are obviously giving the PS3 little credit. Have you seen how The Last Of Us looks like? The graphics on the PS3 are OUTSTANDING and it is a PS3 exclusive. So you won't be seeing it on the PC.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

 @CTR360 

I don't think it's coming out in 2012, lovie. Gamespot already did an article on that.

Ggdograa
Ggdograa

 @nick280455 Who and when would you be playing exactly? Without posting spoilers, the story has come to a pretty firm ending, at least with the Martson's.

rolla020980
rolla020980

 @KimCheeWarriorX I am tired of these comparisons. Blu-ray is not needed for current gen games. The only games that utilized the capacity did so because they had long high-def pre-rendered cutscenes (Metal Gear anyone???). These pre-rendered cutscenes look good, but they make poor use of space on the medium; however, there aren't typically any fully rendered cutscenes in GTA games. They typically use the graphics engine for short real-time cutscenes. There will be plenty of space left over on a DVD. Remember that Skyrim was on 1 DVD and the install only used 3.8GB (the 360 supports 8.5GB DL DVDs). That means Skyrim could fit on a DVD almost 2 1/4 times over.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Great, so all we do now is bury our heads in the sand... great advice oh wonderous Sage of Thyme and spices and all that good stuff

shantd
shantd

 @brgreen I never played the series either, but when GTA IV came out and I saw that so many websites were giving it a perfect 10/10 score, I decided maybe I need to give it a look. I enjoyed the hell out of it, still need to go back and finish it though. I'll definitely be picking up GTA V. Open world games rule.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Clive Owen, it's not the end of the world. OMG, get over it.

paantmar
paantmar

@Clive-Owen @brgreen wow... tbh i don't know much people who haven't actually played any GTA.

Having the freedom to do whatever you want in a huge city is so much fun. But everybody is different and i wont have a go at you for being different. Hopefully you enjoy this one when it comes out :)

brgreen
brgreen

 @Clive-Owen Never got into the games. Never really interested me. Not a big deal.

EJR9
EJR9

 @samantha_sneez Are you alright kid..?Getting pretty sick of seeing your name and pointless comments everywhere honestly.