Grand Theft Auto V is releasing to the PS3 and Xbox 360 later this month with PS4 and Xbox One release still very much in the air. Rockstar Games clearly doesn't want gamers to wait for a potential next-gen console release though as Rockstar North associate technical director Phil Hooker says the upcoming open-world title already feels next-gen.
"Every aspect of the game had to be better, richer in gameplay and more fluid and knowing we were launching on the same platforms meant we could focus on extracting the most out of those consoles and making the game as fantastic as possible.
"In the end we surpassed our own expectations and during development I think everyone working on the game has been astounded by improvements to the graphics, or new mechanics, or AI, or mission scope along the way.
"Hopefully the gamers will see all of these improvements at once in one go, compared to GTA IV this definitely feels 'next generation' to us."
Whether it is next-gen or not, GTA V is the most ambitious title to release on the current-gen consoles this year with a world size that is larger than anything Rockstar has produced before combined with the new Grand Theft Auto Online multiplayer that will allow gamers to compete in a persistent world with others and create their own multiplayer matches.
Grand Theft Auto V is set for a Sept. 17 release on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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