Currently, Grand Theft Auto V is only in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But could that be changing in the near future? Recent comments from Rockstar and Nintendo seem to at least point to the possibility. According to Rockstar co-founder, Dan Houser, other formats are being considered for the major franchise, noting, “Everything else is up for consideration. That’s all I can give you… We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market. If that’s on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be.”
Grand Theft Auto and Nintendo have been partners in the past, remember Chinatown Wars?
Houser isn’t the only one hinting at the possibility. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has been pushing for the franchise to come to the Wii U. Speaking to MTV, he said, “The folks there have said very nice public comments about the Wii U… In the end, it is Nintendo’s responsibility to have a large installed base, to have development tools that help the developers and publishers create great content, and essentially create an environment where teams like Rockstar can bring their very best content to our platform, and if we do that hopefully the very best content throughout the entire industry will show up on Wii U.”
While Rockstar has been critical of Nintendo’s appeal to “mature gamers” in the past, a Grand Theft Auto game on a Nintendo system is not unprecedented. Fans may remember Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, which released on the Nintendo DS in 2009. It’s not hard to imagine how Chinatown Wars’ touchscreen interface could be translated to the Wii U controller if Grand Theft Auto V were to be brought over.
Grand Theft Auto V is currently scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in Spring 2013.
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