During a conference call, Take Two executives answered questions from the press about the delay of Grand Theft Auto IV. While the conversation did lean more towards the business and financial ramifications of this decision, there was some discussion about what led them to this decision and we got a few tid-bits that might make this recent news hurt just a little less.
Firstly, this decision is steamingly fresh. Take Two reviewed a build of the game yesterday with Rockstar, and then made the decision today to announce a delay. They stressed that the decision was made in conjunction with Rockstar, and both companies fully support each other in the decision.
They went on to admit that this decision was made because of technological challenges, pointing out that they have been developing the game on two fairly new consoles. The size and scope of GTA IV is unprecidented, and will excede comsumer's expectations, which in itself presented the challenge of pushing both console's almost to their limits.
Lastly, Take Two stated that this was a meaningful delay, and they are very confident that the game will released in the second quarter (between Feb. and April) of 2008. The last thing they want to do is disappoint us twice, and they are optimistic about the length of the delay being just enough for them to bring the game up to the standard of the franchise. The retailers have all been very supportive of their decision, and some even pointed out how many publishers rush games into the box to meet release dates when the product is unfinished and inevitably fails in the market.
So there you have it. When it's explained in cold hard facts, it's hard to be so upset. The fact is, this game is going to be amazing, and Take Two knows that. The last thing they want to do is ship one of the most anticipated games of all time if it's unfinished. While this all may sting right now, in the end it will be worth the wait... or so we hope.