Note: This article is pure speculation, nothing has been proved to be true, yet.
Hello to all of the RockstarWatch readers. This is my first time doing an article so don't be to harsh! In this article we will discuss some of the possible reasons for Rockstar delaying GTA IV. We also give our two cents as well. So in no particular order here we go:
The PS3 is Hard to Develop for
Many developers have stated openly that the Playstation 3 is harder to develop for. This has been one of the strongest suggestions made by many other gaming websites/blogs. We honestly can't say if it is 'harder' to develop for but we do know for a fact that Sony has sent development teams to help them, so would it still have been hard to make GTA IV on it? Who knows.
Limited Space on the Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 uses DVD (Also HD-DVD but we'll get to that) which has a limited amount of space, only 8.5 GB. With the next generation of games using up more space we have to wonder if Rockstar underestimated the amount of space on the 360. You could however buy a HD-DVD add-on but this would make life harder for Microsoft as they want games to use only DVD. Problem eh?
Simple. It just wasn't ready
We wouldn't be surprised if this was true because Rockstar did make an estimate release date for GTA IV some years back, they could of just been off perhaps by a few months. That would make sense to us.
Take-Two ordered GTA IV to be delayed
Many people know about the financial trouble Take-Two is in., In order to keep them afloat maybe they told Rockstar to delay the game. While this is probably unlikely as they would get more sales around the festive period, but we still think Take-Two is involved in this some how.
Coming around the same time of the anticipated Halo 3 we might think that it might damage sales of GTA IV. But since the GTA franchise has a overwhelming fanbase we really doubt this theory, as we were thinking more along the lines that more people would say up and buy the collectors edition of GTA IV?
There are many more theories which could have caused the delay but we think you've been reading long enough and your brain needs to take a rest. Thanks for reading!