One of the big parts of a new console release is the new and exciting games that will be available to purchase, and this will be no different for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. There’s plenty of hype surrounding the new projects being planned for the next-gen leap, including titles like Halo Infinite and Dying Light 2. But these are also games that are going to be available on the PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that fans can expect cross-gen to be in place for a while. Other projects that are in the pipeline include Rockstar Games’ GTA 6, which has yet to be given a release date.
Not much is known about the new title, with conflicting reports regarding its setting, locations and development status.
A recent update from Jason Schreier, in one of his final articles for Kotaku, wrote about how Rockstar’s culture changed following the release of Red Dead Redemption 2.
This included Schreier reporting that Rockstar’s next game will be for the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
However, in a blow to fans of the series, the article also reported that GTA 6 is in “early development”.
The post said: “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.
“But there’s a catch: Rockstar’s next big project is still early in development. When production ramps up and the game gets closer to launching, will overtime come with it? Will Rockstar’s employees then face the pressure of months of crunch in order to finish all of the ambitious work it takes to make a Rockstar game?”
Depending on what early development means, GTA 6 might still be years away, making it less likely to appear on older hardware.
While this might be a bit of a bummer for gamers, there have been hints that cross-gen support could last much longer with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Microsoft has already pledged support for both its consoles over the first 12 months the Series X is on shelves.
And other developers also believe that the crossover period between consoles could last longer than in the past.
Speaking to WCCFTECH, Frogwares’ Sergey Oganesyan revealed more on how the switch to the PlayStation 5 will work, explaining:
“Looking at what happened when the current-gen was first introduced, we probably shouldn’t expect an absolutely mind-blowing jump in terms of game quality being the standard, because cross-gen titles will be a thing for some time.
“I just don’t think developers can momentarily drop their support of an enormous fanbase that has grown during the current-gen life cycle unless they have the financial incentive of the console makers to make up for the potential missed out sales.
“But we should all definitely look forward to things like better textures, better framerate, better lighting, better loading time, bigger maps, more detailed environment, etc. Which is a lot and the improvements will be more than noticeable.
“We already have absolutely gorgeous games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn, and I can’t even begin to imagine how good these games would look on the next-gen hardware.”
This doesn’t mean that the next Grand Theft Auto game will be a cross-gen project but it could mean that more exciting games are being planned for the PS4 and Xbox One.
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