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AUGGrand Theft Auto IV & Manhunt II Delayed
Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 03:38 PM MDT | By cyrix
Take Two just announced the highly anticipated (and that's being cautious) Grand Theft Auto IV will be delayed from its originally scheduled October release date until the second fiscal quarter of 2008, or between February and April of '08. Though no direct cause for the delay was cited, Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick said "certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected."
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. - Sam Houser
Additionally, due to the outstanding ratings problems (and surprising no one) they've also announced that Manhunt 2 would miss its planned release this fiscal year. As a result of these setbacks, they're expecting revenue of $950 million to $1 billion for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31; in June, they announced expected revenue of $1.2 billion to $1.25 billion for the year.
A bit of a let down I understand, but at least we know they're striving to put out a great game for the fans.
Thanks to joystiq for the info.
Addendum: Here is an email we received from Sam Houser.
I wanted to tell you personally that we have decided to move Grand Theft Auto IV back a bit. We also want to thank you for all the incredible support you've shown us over the years. We'll have more information very soon, but in the meantime here's a release we're sending out to the press.
Founder Rockstar Games
Official Press Release August 2:
Launch of Grand Theft Auto IV Now Planned for Fiscal 2008
There was also a Take 2 conference call about this press release this afternoon, however there were not any new details.
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