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2007 Episodic Content Exclusive To 360
Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar/Take2 News | @ 10:01 PM MDT | By Kodo
For many months it has been questioned whether there would be any episodic content on the PS3 in addition to the 360. It has now been confirmed by a Take-Two representative that two episodes will appear in the 2008 fiscal year on the Xbox 360 only.
How is this? Because Microsoft paid 50 million dollars for it. The following is a quote from the transcript of the most recent Take 2 conference call regarding the 6/11/07 press release.
Evan Wilson - Pacific Crest Securities: Thank you. And as it relates to the deferred revenue chunk associated with the episodic content on X-Box 360, you can see that $25 million of that moved into short-term deferred. Could you give us any sense of when thatís going to hit the P&L? Will we see $25 million at one time and then the second 25 or will it be a slow bleed?
Lainie Goldstein: The first 25 is for the first episodic content package thatís supposed to go out and that is in March of í08. Thatís why it moved into current because itís in the next 12 months. The second 25 will be for the second episodic, the episode, and that will be later in fiscal í08.
This information is also coupled with the news that GTA 4 will not be ported backwards to PS2/Xbox, as announced here:
Michael Savner - Banc of America: ...But specifically as we look at the GTA release in the fall, is it too late -- is there any possibility that given the strength of PS2 hardware at some point in the future we could see a PS2 version? I think everyone agrees that itís certainly going to be a hardware driver for next gen, but clearly weíre going to be starting from a lower point than I think people thought a year ago. So maybe just talk about any flexibility youíd have going forward about porting that to an older legacy console. Iíll ask that and then I have a follow-up, please.
Strauss Zelnick: Michael, it seems unlikely. Once youíll see the game, youíll understand why. Weíre taking advantage of the features of these new consoles. Itís not a -- this is a brand new game. This is something that --
Benjamin Feder: Iíd say more than that. The guys at Rockstar are pushing the envelope on the hardware. The hardware itself is pretty impressive and we think that GTA 4 will be the cutting edge game for PS3 and for X-Box 360 and thatís going to drive the gaming experience.
The relevance of this news makes itself clear when it pertains to a prospective purchase of a next-gen console. For those that have neither a Xbox 360 nor PS3, yet want to play GTAIV right away, they will have to buy one of those consoles. The exception, the PC version, has not yet been announced and we know it will not be released this year. So will people go for the PS3, or the more economically friendly 360 that includes episodic content? Granted, it is still unclear exactly what the episodic content contains, but it has been announced that it will be a significant addition and not a mere weapon/mission/vehicle add-on.
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Sources: GamesIndustry.biz, SeekingAlpha, TheGTAPlace, PlanetGTA
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