Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says that the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online gives Rockstar the breathing room to take its time with the next Grand Theft Auto game. Speaking to MCV, Zelnick told the publication that there are no plans to launch another GTA title this year.
"A few years ago, we'd launch a title, it would be sold physically, then we would sell catalogue versions of it," Zelnick said. "Today we launch a title, and often, if not always, put out DLC. We've talked about recurrent consumer spending, where we have offerings where fans can engage and spend money on an on-going basis."
For many years Rockstar would release a new game almost every year since the launch of the first game way back in 1997. The first games was followed by Grand Theft Auto 2 in 1999; Grand Theft Auto 3 in 2001, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2002, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004, Liberty City Stories in 2005, Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto 4 in 2008, two expansions to GTA 4 and the mobile game Chinatown Wars in 2009, and Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013.
"With GTA 5, we have sold 32.5m units in to date, which is extraordinary," he added. "70 per cent of people that have played GTA 5 while online have played GTA Online, which is a free-to-play experience. And recurrent consumer spending, which includes GTA Online revenue, represented nearly half of our digitally delivered revenue in the quarter. So people are voting that they want to stay engaged and they are voting with their wallets."