Rockstar on Grand Theft Auto V: “Compared to GTA IV This Definitely Feels Next Generation to us”

September 6, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


We’re under two weeks away from the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and Xbox 360, with millions of sales expected to take place on release day, but we still haven’t heard anything about a possible PS4 or Xbox One version of the game.

That hasn’t stopped Phil Hooker, Associate Technical Director and Combat Designer at Rockstar North, from talking next-gen though, as he spoke to IGN about the leap from Grand Theft Auto IV to Grand Theft Auto V:

When we started we knew the scope of GTA V was huge and incredibly ambitious. Fortunately from completing GTA IV, we had a team that was already very familiar with the hardware.

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.

Are you going to be lining up at midnight for your copy of Grand Theft Auto V? Or will you be downloading it on the PSN? Let us know in the comments below.