With the release of "Grand Theft Auto V" set for later this year, some have wondered why there was such a long gap since GTA IV. Take Two chief operating officer Karl Slatoff explained why the series doesn't refresh itself frequently during the Wedbush Transformational Technologies Conference on Thursday.
"Often times people ask us 'Why don't you come out with Grand Theft Auto every two years?' To us, that doesn't make sense, because Grand Theft Auto, every single time it comes out, is a brand new experience," Slatoff said. "You can't possibly do that in two years. And if we did that, our product would fatigue and the franchise would degrade from a value perspective."
Rockstar Games didn't always take this approach though. The GTA series was on a bi-annual release schedule from the original game which launched in 1997 through "Grand Theft Auto III" in 2001. There were then the spin-off titles from GTA III like "Vice City", "San Andreas" and "Vice City Stories which were released every year to two years until 2006. We then saw GTA IV in 2008.
So the decision to spread out the release of "Grand Theft Auto" was only recently made since the release of "Grand Theft Auto IV". Still, Rockstar appears to be going even larger and bolder with GTA V.
"Grand Theft Auto V" is currently set for a worldwide release on Sept. 17 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.