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Grand Theft Auto IV & Manhunt II Delayed

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 03:38 PM CST | 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.
Hi everyone,

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.

Best wishes,
Sam

Sam Houser
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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Duzi
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UGH
The problem with this is that those 100 dollars I spent for the game can't be put to other games because I preordered it.
08-02-2007 04:39 PM
Bfett21
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you can cancel the preorder
08-02-2007 04:53 PM
jwrebholz
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Son of a...

Well that's just PERFECT. What kind of problems could they be having if it's being delayed by SIX MONTHS?!
08-02-2007 06:13 PM
Bfett21
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Not problems perse, but more time to fix things and tweak the game
08-02-2007 07:36 PM
carldj90
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i'm happy its delayed
gives me more time to get my 360/ps3
08-02-2007 11:06 PM
TONY_ak47
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Me too, once I get my PS3 the wait won't seem so bad, since there will be tons of quality games.

I think it's good their delaying it, I think it might be the multiplayer aspect that they're still polishing, I don't mind waiting if they are working to make it awesome.
08-02-2007 11:43 PM
smiley
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moutha FUKAAA!!!! AHH MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.....OHH DIS GAME BETA BE TOP NOTCH NEXT YEAR....NO D@MN FLAWS!!! AND WE BETA BE ABLE TO HAVE IN GAME MUSIC!!
08-03-2007 01:22 AM
ICE 2000
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Oh well at least this will make the game better and it'll give me more time to get a PS3
08-03-2007 04:19 AM
revanx
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This is fucking bullshit, unreliable and fucking retarded rockstar. God I fucking hate this, what a fucking let down. What the hell, a few months ago I read a magazine saying there were done with all the single player missions. I fucking hope to god that Sam Houser gets hit by a fucking bus. What a fucking basterd, same goes for Rockstar. And don't give me bulllshit, we all are feeling this way. I think I'm just goining to cancel my preorder, I will just literaterly prey to god that Sam houser is killed. (I said I prey for it to happen, not that I'll do anything illegal or crimial my self.) I hate Sam Houser as much as I hate Jack Thompson, Strauss Zelnick isn't a saint him self. Rockstar has failed for me this moment, I hope they both get whats coming to them
08-03-2007 09:00 AM
TONY_ak47
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LOL, that was a very stupid comment.
08-03-2007 10:21 AM
revanx
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Look I know you might think I'm just a little kid, but ever since vice city came out I have been coming to this website every morning only tp expect the best gta news. Sure my ID won't prove my claims, but this website has banned my other sns a number of times.. Anyway, this is just the most disapointing to happen.. No one deserves to be killed, but Sam houser deserves a savage beating, and deserves to get shot twenty times. The bastard for over a course of 3 years promised it on october, I'm sure I'm not the only fan pissed off. Seriously if I could I'd go up to Sam houser and just wail on on him with a metal pipe.. God I hate this, it was the only reason I got a 360.. Rockstar is just an utter fail..

[ post edited 08-03-2007 11:26 AM by revanx ]
08-03-2007 10:39 AM
ICE 2000
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Blaming Rockstar wont change anything give them time if you think about it the more time they spend making the game the better the game will turn out.
08-03-2007 07:13 PM
izakeul
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It is a huge disappoint that GTA 4 has been delayed and i am so devasted. Probably because i'd psyched myself for the October release date. It's just that horrible feeling of having to wait all those months again. If i look past the fact that it's such a heart-stabber of a decision however, and see that the delay is in the interests of us, the gamer, and our experience, then it's easier to get over the blow and feel like it's worth the wait. Which we all know it will be. Quite a pain in the arse though, i'd agree!!!!! I would like to know the real reason though, i think we are owed the true explanation...
08-03-2007 08:16 PM
phreak
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Man that really does suck. But hey, this game will be worth the wait. Still, I had my hopes way up for this game.
08-03-2007 08:23 PM
MrsCena
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No! WTF!!! i've been waiting for that moment... this is lame. GTA 4 better turns out SUPERB AWESOME@@@@@@ T_T
08-05-2007 03:35 AM
 

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