Take-Two Boss Says "Simple Ports" Aren’t Of Interest To The Company

Rockstar has brought Grand Theft Auto 5 to every console under the sun, but Take-Two CEO Stauss Zelnick believes every new generation has received a version of GTA 5 that’s much more than a “simple port.” In fact, he’s confident that the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X|S remaster of the game will perform incredibly well, as the team has gone to painstaking lengths to improve the underlying technology, visuals, and overall performance.

The comments were made during this week’s Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference (transcribed by VGC). At one point during the meeting, Zelnick was asked about how remasters and remakes fit in with the company’s overall strategy.

“I’m not sure there’ll be a bigger part of the strategy,” he said. “Remastering has always been a part of the strategy. We’ve done differently than the competition – we don’t just port titles over, we actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we’re launching it on.”

In other words, Take-Two and Rockstar put out remasters that are more than simple ports. Playing an old game on a new system should feel like a new experience and shouldn’t be a quick rehash for a new console.

Zelnick was later asked about possible ports of earlier GTA titles, such as Vice City and GTA 3. His reply was vague, although it leaves the door open for these classic titles to find their way to next-gen consoles.

“It’s a great and encouraging question,” Zelnick said. “I’m kind of inclined to leave it more as a statement than a question and any update on our release schedule will come from Rockstar Games.”

Love it or hate it, GTA 5 has put up incredible numbers during its time on the market. GTA Online continues to see constant updates, although many fans believe its continued success has led to the lengthy gap between GTA 5 and GTA 6. There’s still no official word on a follow-up to blockbuster title from 2013, and no indication as to when we might learn more.

GTA 5 will be available on next-gen consoles later this year.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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