Friday, August 3rd, 2007
AUG 03
Why Was GTA IV Delayed? Conspiracy Theories

Grand Theft Auto IV - Community News | @ 12:14 PM MDT | By Kodo
Games Digest has a new article called GTA IV Delayed and it's filled with six conspiracy theories of why they think GTA IV was really delayed. Here are the theories, if you want to see the reasoning then click the link.

Theory 1. Rockstar didnít want GTA IV to be overshadowed by Halo 3
Theory 2. Rockstar is struggling with the PS3ís Cell processor
Theory 3. GTA IV Wii version now in the making
Theory 4. Sony bribed Rockstar to delay GTA IV
Theory 5. GTA IV was always going to be late and was only slated for this financial year to keep Take 2 afloat (Herb Greenberg agrees with this one)
Theory 6. Rockstar can't fit the game onto a DVD

Those are their theories, not ours. Personally, some are a bit silly, but it's still something interesting to read and it provokes some thought on the whole delay. I think it is clear that GTA IV was going to be delayed and it was known for some time, but the exact reason is unproven. However this quote from Strauss Zelnick, transcribed from yesterday's conference call, says otherwise.
"We reviewed a build [Wednesday]. We made a decision [Thursday]. We announced a decision [Thursday], and that's how we do things."

"Let me be very clear. The decision to ship Grand Theft Auto was made [Thursday]...not before."

Links: Games Digest: GTA IV Delayed, Herb Greenberg: Take-Two: The More things Change....
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edgeid Member

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Theory 4 doesn't make sense.
And theory 1 doesn't do it either, GTA sales surpass Halo sales in total. And GTA always wins Game of the Year over Halo.

I think it's either option 6 or the idea of having "one load screen" that does the job.
08-03-2007 04:09 PM
ICE 2000
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I bet if the game was only made for one console it wouldn't be delayed. Rockstar has to work as twice as hard to make this the best game ever, give them a brake.

[ post edited 08-03-2007 07:19 PM by ICE 2000 ]
08-03-2007 07:16 PM
edgeid Member

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They were talking about having issues with the PS3 version, and that they promised a single release date, so they probably gave it enough time to make them both good and work properly.
08-03-2007 09:09 PM
GTA Rulz
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I personally think that Theory 4 is way off. All Rockstar has to do is put the game on Blueray, as some may not know PS3 has a blueray reader on it. I think the most realistic theory is Theory 2, but that is still a bit far fetched. PS3 has one of, if not, the most advanced processing capabilities of any console on the market.
08-04-2007 03:10 PM

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