The release date for GTA IV has been pushed back until at least April 2008, possibly May February, March, or April.
"Take-Two is reducing its fiscal 2007 guidance primarily to reflect the movement of the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 to fiscal 2008, due to additional development time required to complete the title. The title is now planned for release in the Company’s second quarter of fiscal 2008".
But why, you ask?!?
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two, stated, “With Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar is setting a new standard for next generation video games. 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.”
Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games, added, "The new consoles are allowing us to create the Grand Theft Auto game we always dreamed about. 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."
Rockstar Games today released the second trailer of Grand Theft Auto IV entitled "Looking for that special someone". You can view it on gta4cheats.co.uk, here or by clicking on 'videos'. Some facts about the trailer were also included in a press release which accompanied the trailer:
All footage is captured in real-time on a next generation gaming console.
Running on Rockstar’s proprietary next generation game engine, R.A.G.E., allowing for an unprecedented level of realism and interactivity.
Song is by New York City based band The Boggs and is titled "Arm In Arm (Shy Child Remix)"
Watch out for the final trailer (#3) to be launched in the coming weeks!
Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 2 Coming June 28th
The second trailer of Grand Theft Auto IV will be released via the official GTA4 website on Thursday June 28th. The title is "Looking for that special someone". Have a look at the artwork to the side >
The Setting in a GTA Game
More so than in any other games, location is immensely important for Grand Theft Auto. Because of the format of the franchise; giving you free reign to explore and not be tied to a storyline, the city that you are given to explore must be convincing and sufficiently diverse. The setting of the game also provides the basis for the game's storyline, its characters, and its missions. The city and the story have to be connected, in order for the game to immerse you and provide a believable world inside a videogame.
Why New York?
Even though New York City was already the setting for Grand Theft Auto 3, it is said that the Liberty City of GTA 3 did not bear much resemblance to New York. Sure enough, the city was split into three districts, faintly reminiscent of New York's boroughs, yet the city itself failed to come alive. Rockstar's accomplishment of recreating Miami in GTA Vice City is considered a much greater feat. Rockstar have decided to re-visit New York since the scope of possibilities they have now are much greater than what they had in 2001, when the original Liberty City was designed.
The aim of the original Grand Theft Auto was to depict life in America as seen by the British (hence all the crazy stereotypes) and so it makes sense for all the games in the series to be set in America. And what better place to do it than New York - one of the world's capitals, and arguably the biggest symbol of America. Rockstar has prided itself on creating the cities of the GTA3 trilogy with subtle British humor about the nuances of American culture. Rockstar has amused for years with their game design and portrayal of America. We can undoubtedly expect to see the same in GTAIV.
New York, New York...
We can expect the city to be divided into distinct areas, just as New York City is divided into Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. Each area will have its own characteristic look and feel, and harbor its own architecture and people. The areas will be connected by bridges and tunnels, just as the real New York is.
Before We Knew..
Various tidbits of news, such as Rockstar's registration of domain names with 'gta' followed by locations such as 'bogota' led many to make wild assumptions about the setting of future GTAs. While a domain registration may mean nothing, it does provide food for thought. In anticipation of a long debate over the setting of GTAIV, we placed a poll on our forums, asking 'Where do you think the next GTA will take place?' Over 1000 people voted, with the UK (London and UK combined) taking 35% of the votes, Europe taking another 11%, and America taking 18%. Expectations were very high for GTAIV being set outside the U.S.