Grand Theft Auto V for next-gen consoles: not so much

This week the developers behind Grand Theft Auto V (aka GTA5) have made it clear that the delay they're experiencing with the release of their next-generation game has nothing to do with Microsoft and Sony releasing new consoles this year. While Take-Two chief executive officer Strauss Zelnick's words didn't explicitly confirm nor deny the idea that the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4 will exist in the very near future, the idea that GTA:V will be released on those mystical machines seems to have been clearly dashed.

According to Venture Beat, Zelnick today denied the idea that the GTA delay "had anything to do with the next-gen systems." This confirmation takes the game out of the hard place that exists between the release date of either of the new console gaming systems, but it puts its own release in a new odd spot. This spot is one where GTA:V could be one of the last big-name games to be released for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

So here's the question for you gamers out there – if this new GTA game does indeed live up to the hype that Take-Two is issuing today, will you still feel like it'll be worth the purchase even when a new console might be yours in the near future? Zelnick spoke up about this idea this week as well: "There is not one gamer who is going to sit out Grand Theft Auto V hoping that something down the road will be better." Sound pretty definitive to us!

Zelnick also once again supported the idea that Grand Theft Auto V would be released inside September of 2013. This release date will keep the game as the only "major" release for the whole month unless something else comes along between here and there – we shall see! Zelnick's assurance that GTA:V will "blow people away at a level people don't anticipate" has us more than pumped to see it live!