I want to see it happen, you want to see it happen and even Rockstar want to see it happen, having announced that they would bring GTA V to other formats (including the PS4 and the Xbox One, presumably) “if that’s where the consumers are”. It’s clear that everyone and their brother wants to see GTA V out on next-gen consoles so why haven’t Rockstar put the wheels in motion to get this car-stealing, pedestrian pulverising, criminal caper show on the road? According to one retailer, they have, with GTA V preparing to make its next-gen debut at some point. Read on to find out more.
GTA V, The Talk of the Criminal Sandbox Town
The latest GTA V on PS4 news to add fire to rumours of the next-gen reboot that gamers would clamour over themselves to get their hands on is from Worten, an online Portuguese retailer that is now taking paid pre-orders for the game. According to Worten, who were contacted by Eurogamer Portugal on their listing, “[they] have the information that Worten stores will sell the game in question”.
While it’s all well and good for Worten to hold their cards to their chest until Rockstar (inevitably) pipe up and say something to confirm or deny GTA V’s PS4 existence, in an effort for them to garner more of those pre-order sales, the fact that Rockstar have so far kept schtum on the listing (which has been around news sites all day) is pretty telling. Either the GTA V makers are looking to ride this wave of popularity (though I’d ask to what end – consumers thinking that the game is gong to be out on next-gen is only going to put people off buying the current gen version of the game) or are gearing up for an actual announcement of a next-gen rerelease, but on their own terms. However, judging by the info laid out for us, it seems like the latter is going to happen.
Grand Theft Misogyny
Too, a past Amazon Germany listing also pointed to GTA V for PS4 (with similar boxart – lending further credence to the rumours), so with all things pointing to the game being released on the platform we have to ask what will happen if it does come to fruition.
Past concerns are still rife, as the game (or the series as a whole) hardly has a great track record with its female characters, nor the way that they are treated within the game’s mindset of deeds with dubious morals. This post on Medium that I linked to in a past Rapid Fire Reading List column is a good place for critique on that, but yet even if everyone admits GTA V has a female representation problem, it’s a double edged sword.
With a release, the game would also be on of the best games on PS4, or in gaming in general and it also offers up Franklin, a male protagonist of colour who is just as important as his white cohorts (who are also available as protagonists), so in some respects the game is getting it right. Regardless of GTA and Rockstar’s next step forward with the franchise – be it a GTA V PS4 rerelease or a new game in the series entirely – what Rockstar are doing is important, so expect more about the game on this site in future.