Not only has the company plans to release LA Noire for the Nintendo Switch, but if an industry insider is to be believed, we could see Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) made available for the Nintendo Switch.
Taking to popular gaming forum NeoGAF, a user by the name of vern replied with “patience” to queries of a GTA V port for the Nintendo Switch. Previously, vern was the first to tease of LA Noire for the Nintendo Switch prior to Rockstar’s official reveal.
Since its release in 2013, GTA V has been one of the biggest selling games of all time. And while Rockstar doesn’t seem to have plans for a GTA VI anytime soon, it has spawned GTA Online - which Rockstar parent company Take-Two claims is an important revenue driver. So much so that Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar’s next big new game would sport something similar.
In an earnings call investors were worried that the online mode for Red Dead Redemption 2 may cannibalise GTA Online. CEO Strauss Zelnick felt otherwise.
“I’m fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal. And that entertainment properties don’t really compete with other entertainment properties and that you never need entertainment,” he said.
“Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it’s not a need to have. If nothing in the market appeals to you at some time, there’s no reason to go and get it. And if multiple things appeal to you, avid consumers will consume all of those things.
“So, I don’t think there’s any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So, I think, the success of Red Dead, which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality. And I think the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality,” he added.
He went on to say that Take-Two is “incredibly excited” about the game’s online mode, and that future information about it will come from Rockstar Games directly.
It would be interesting to see GTA V hit the Nintendo Switch before Red Dead Redemption 2 is out of the gate. More so when you consider that the Switch isn’t as powerful as the PS4 but could provide an experience that bests the PS3 and Xbox 360 - the consoles for which GTA V initially released for.