I think by now we all know the situation regarding downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV : Microsoft struck a deal with Rockstar to produce exclusive DLC for the Xbox 360 version of the game, although this deal is subject to time . Sony has basically guaranteed that the PlayStation 3 would also see fresh DLC at some point.
Therefore, when the rumor once again returns that Rockstar is working on new GTAIV DLC for the PS3, we're not exactly shocked. Apparently, Rockstar was giving an interview to a a radio station that gives further evidence to the accepted timed exclusivity theory. When asked, a Rockstar representative said he wasn't sure what he could talk about, but Microsoft basically said to them, "here is some money if you can bring the content to us FIRST." Obviously, that last word implies the PS3 will get the content at some point (or more likely, new and different content). Then he was asked when we might see the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise and perhaps surprisingly, the game hasn't even begun development just yet:
"There is an email cirulating around the company that GTA 5 development will start soon, but it's not official just yet. Again something that isn't in my control."
Doesn't this put a small crimp in some analyst predictions that GTAV would release during the 2011 fiscal year? Or is that enough time for a project of this magnitude? It might be, if they're using the same technology they used for GTAIV… But anyway, I always love the GTA games and while my favorite is still Vice City , it's quite clear just how far the series has come after playing GTAIV. There's always a major controversy over this so I won't get into it; let's just say I salivate when I hear "GTAV" mentioned.