Jesse Divnich of analyst firm EEDAR is predicting that a non-playable version of Grand Theft Auto V will be revealed at this year’s E3.
According to Divnich:
“I think we’re going to hear about another Grand Theft Auto. I think there won’t be any playable stuff. I think they’ll give you some type of teaser, because we do think that a year from then in 2011 we’re going to see another Grand Theft Auto. I don’t foresee Microsoft or Sony attempting to obtain any type of exclusivity with the next Grand Theft Auto. Microsoft paid a lot of money for exclusivity on the downloadable content for GTA IV, which unfortunately did little to move consoles for Microsoft. Back in 2004, the Grand Theft Auto was a huge brand, but only relative to the other brands that existed at the time. While the GTA brand is certainly bigger now than it was five years ago, others have emerged to reach similar levels of success, such as Call of Duty or Guitar Hero.”
This is why Divnich is just an analyst. There’s no way Grand Theft Auto V, which Rockstar has confirmed is penning a script for, will be introduced at E3. More likely, a new chapter in IV will be revealed, similar to the chapters you saw for Grand Theft Auto III (Vice City, San Andreas, and so on.) Grand Theft Auto V will debut for the next generation machines with better processor power.
Because when Rockstar wants to make the leap from GTA4 to GTA5, they want to be able to one-up GTA4 with better graphics, a bigger city, and so on. They won’t be able to do it with the current hardware.