When Grand Theft Auto V was first revealed, some thought, surely, the game is aimed at next generation consoles, which are just around the corner. Nope! As we now know, the game is headed to current generation consoles.
In a still unreleased interview with Japanese game magazine Famitsu, Rockstar co-founder and Grand Theft Auto V co-writer Dan Houser apparently explains why.
According to Houser, Rockstar dealt with the difficulty of new hardware (and making the leap to HD) with Grand Theft Auto IV. Since the studio already has a good grasp on current hardware, it decided to go with this generation instead.
Houser added that he thought that this generation of hardware still had untapped potential and pointed out that so many of the best games come out at the end of a console generation's life cycle. That's certainly an excellent point.
From the screens that Rockstar has shown, it sure looks like the studio is wringing every last bit of power from this generation to create something big. (But not too big!)