We are one week away of a game that has modes that have been in development since 2001 and THE LARGEST marketing and development budget for a video game EVER from being released people.
Thats right, the largest budget for a video game ever. Peep the insert from vr-zone.com
Based on a report from Scottish newspaper The Scotsman, Rockstar’s upcoming open-world game Grand Theft Auto V was made on a marketing and development budget of £170 million (or $265 million). This makes it the most expensive video game production in history. In comparison with Hollywood films, it is second only to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - the current record-holder for the most expensive film production – which had a $300 million budget.
In development for the past five years, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar have put everything into making sure GTA V is the greatest open-world game ever. With over 2.5 million pre-orders already in just the US, analysts are expecting it to be one of the most-sold games of this console generation. GTA IV has so far sold over 25 million copies; how well will GTA V do?
GTA V launches worldwide on September 17 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?
Now you might be thinking to yourself, but the article mentions that this video game has been in development for five years, not since 2001. This is correct, however the online mode "GTA Online" has been in works since that time and Rockstar is finally is ready for its baby to go live.
EXCITING STUFF PEOPLE!
265 million dollar budget? Holy crap. Rockstar and its investors are not messing around. I already thought that this game could be a game changer for the sandbox genre and hearing that it has a larger budget then most big budget Hollywood films only strengthens those thoughts.
With any new game that is about to come that I am interested in buying, I always take a look at the pre-order bonuses. Its a fucking stupid trend that unfortunately isn't going to be going away anytime soon...but that conversation is for another time.
GTAV doesn't really have anything good going on from what I see. This is pretty normal with huge game releases. The developers already know that its going to sell 20+ millions copies of the game. No real need to go crazy for the pre-orders.
For a full list of pre-order bonuses, check out gaming site Game Rant. They got a fantastic post about this subject and break it all down.
Rated M for Mature
GTA is rated M?!? Duh right? Only reason I bring this up is because I happen to run across some information why GTAV rating is Mature. Please do yourself a favor and read along with me. This is taken directly from the ERSB. Legit as the kids say....
Official Rating Summary
In this open-world action game, players assume the role of three criminals whose storylines intersect within the fictional city of Los Santos. Players can switch between each character to follow his storyline, completing missions which often include criminal activities (e.g., stealing cars, executing heists, assassinating targets). Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies (e.g., rival gang members); players also have the ability to shoot non-adversary civilians, though this may negatively affect players' progress as a penalty system triggers a broad police search.
Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment. In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts).
The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player's character procures from a prostitute—while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context.
Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker's body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted). Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted. Players' character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence. The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “n**ger” can be heard in the dialogue.I am willing to bet that the ESRB hasn't had to make an official summary with the statement "...a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context" before. On a personal note I am just glad its in a "non-sexual context" lol...WTF
GTA Online and things you should know...
"GTA Online" has been in the works for 12 years like I stated earlier and it is not getting released when the game comes out. I know what you are thinking, Diablo 3 PvP all over again right? Well, I could be wrong, but Rockstar has stated multiple times the ONLY reason for this is because they want to give consumers two weeks to experience the single player. Now, Blizzard on the other hand straight up told us that PvP wasn't ready for D3, but they wanted to release it anyway. Different stances and I for one really hope GTAV doesn't go the way of D3's PvP. Time will tell I guess...
If you plan on getting GTAV and experiencing the online mode, you might as well do yourself a favor and sign up for Rockstar's Social Club. It is Rockstar's online community and allows you to connect with friends and create / join a crew.
A Crew is an online community that you will be able to interact with once in GTA Online. Rockstar states that if you join a crew you will be able to earn RP/XP bonuses, persist rivalries and accomplishments, and rank up within a crew hierarchy. So basically, its a guild system with the online mode. Pretty legit if you ask me and if you plan on going online anyway, why not get some bonuses? The Social Club allows you to create your own or find one that suits your goals / normal play time...ie evening, morning, weekends, ect.
If you posses above average intelligence and enjoy the sillyness and stoner talk that is Joe Rogan...then of course you are a member of the Joe Rogan Forums! We got a 100+ page thread for GTAV and have a crew setup for xbox and the ps3. If you haven't registered, I highly suggest it and not just for the GTAV thread, but its a very large forum community that has topics about anything you can think of. FYI, its NSFW.
I leave you with Rockstar's Official GTA Online trailer and CVG's newest and quite awesome GTAV video title "64 GTA Online Facts in 5 Minutes Part 1". PEACE OUT