The fifth chapter of “Grand Theft Auto” is finally coming to the latest consoles this fall. “Grand Theft Auto V” will be available on PlayStation 4, with Xbox One and PC releases to follow soon after. Rockstar released a trailer to announce the news, which was the big story at Sony’s E3 press conference on Monday.
Rockstar launched “GTA” on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last year. Since then, it’s sold upwards of 33 million copies. Now gamers will be able to pick up where they left off on the newest consoles, but only by using “Grand Theft Auto Online.”
Sony also announced that a white PlayStation 4 bundle, including Bungie’s “Destiny,” which IGN said could be the most expensive game ever created, is in the works. That will launch Sept. 9, while a beta version of the game will launch July 17 exclusively on PS4. Activision Blizzard, which has a 10-year contract with Bungie, reportedly spent $500 million on development and promotion of the new first-person shooter franchise. It’s a huge gamble; experts estimated the company will have to sell 15 to 16 million copies at $60 apiece just to break even.
Said Reuters: “‘Destiny’ is a cross between a traditional shooting game format and a role-playing game in which gamers play characters in a real-time online world. The title allows gamers to play ‘Guardians’ who protect the last city standing on a post-apocalyptic Earth.”
By comparison, analysts estimated “Grand Theft Auto V” cost about $260 million.