Happy GTA V launch week! Or, as thousands of Americans across the country know it, the week leading up to a mysterious, synchronized, incapacitating illness that strikes swiftly and suddenly on launch day. As the game’s release nears, developer Rockstar has steadily increased the flow of information and gameplay details. Accordingly, the past few days have brought us further updates on gameplay, budget, and movie deals. Get ready to play what might well be the most expensive game ever made.
Rockstar’s latest teaser comes in the form of a satirical energy bar commercial, from which we can observe that GTA V allow players to do, well, pretty much anything, including hiking, playing tennis, base jumping, ATV racing, and participating in triathlons. The game map also leaked online a few days ago, and the internet has been working furiously to assign it a sense of scale in order to gauge the size of the game. We knew some of these things before, but what we did not know was the immensity of the game’s production costs, which The Scotsman is reporting as running as high as 266 million USD—easily the most expensive game ever made. The franchise truly is Rockstar’s crown jewel—which, according to series writer Dan Houser, is a major reason why we haven’t seen a GTA movie yet. Houser cited inadequate financial incentive and a loss of creative control as the major reasons that GTA has yet to hit the silver screen (although a case could certainly be made that Crank and Crank 2 were essentially unofficial GTA movies).
GTA V launches Tuesday, September 17th for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
In other gaming news this week, a Harlan Ellison classic is revived, Riddick returns to game systems everywhere, and we check in on The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. Read on!
- Hot on the heels of Riddick’s latest foray onto the silver screen comes news that a third Riddick video game is also in the works. Vin Diesel’s own video game studio, Tigon Studio, will handle development, which means the game is in good hands. Theresa took a look back at Tigon’s earlier work on modern-day stealth classic Escape from Butcher Bay earlier in the week.
- It’s a good time to be a horror fan in gaming. The sequel to 2008’s surprise hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent launched earlier this week: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is available now on Steam, and has generated a fair bit of positive buzz.
- In case you missed it last week, Good Old Games did what they do, acquiring the license for and releasing mid-90s cult classic game I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, based on the Harlan Ellison short story of the same title. If you missed it the first time around in 1995, try it out today for the sweet price of $5.99 over at GOG.com.
- Coinciding with Apple’s announcement of iOS 7 and their upcoming iPhone 5S/5C lineup, developer Chair has announced that the latest iteration of their excellent Infinity Blade series, Infinity Blade III, will be coming to the App Store next week.
- Sony’s recently-announced PS Vita TV gives you the capability to not only play your Vita games on your TV, but to wirelessly stream and play your PS4 games anywhere in the house on a different screen, away from your physical console. Interesting…
- We previewed Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix in this space a few weeks ago, and now IGN has the goods on the full release, which is looking good. But don’t expect that this launch signifies the much-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III getting any closer, because get this, director Tetsuya Nomura is working on both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III—and neither franchise is particularly renowned for punctuality—at the same time. Yeah. We’ll be waiting awhile.
- You guys, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake looks bloody awesome.
- The latest Humble Bundle contains a lot of quality, including FTL, Trine 2, and Mark of the Ninja. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Humble Bundle philosophy, it’s basically pay-what-you-want for a bundle of several hit indie games on the PC, and a fantastic way to A) save money while playing some of the year’s best games, B) support charity, and C) support the community as a whole.