Talk of a virtual reality (VR) version of the popular Grand Theft Auto series has been rife these past few weeks after it was revealed that the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would feature a first-person view mode. In the past Take-Two Interactive, owner of Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar Games, has suggested that VR might not fit its titles. This week however CEO Strauss Zelnick has said that it will be ‘first in line’ for VR videogames if that’s what ‘consumers want’.
Speaking in the same interview in which he revealed that he had seen Microsoft’s own VR tech, Zelnick noted that VR still had issues but could be something the company gets involved in. “We are concerned that, you know, you play our games for a long period of time,” Strauss said, “we don’t want people getting nauseated. And also, I mean having had the experience, I’m not sure how long you want an immersive headset on your head. We’ll find out. You know I will say this: if that’s what consumers want we’ll be first in line to give it to them.”
VRFocus has written about the possibilities of a VR Grand Theft Auto in the past, though don’t forget that Take-Two Interactive is also responsible for titles such as Red Dead Redemption and, through 2K Games, sports titles such as WWE 2K15 and NBA 2K15. The company could certainly make some significant additions to the VR space, then, although it seems as if VR will have to prove itself before that happens. Publishers such as Ubisoft have made similar statements in the past, suggesting that VR HMDs would have to reach one million units sold before becoming a viable platform.
VRFocus will continue to follow the VR industry closely, reporting back with all of the latest updates.