GTA IV, a jewel in Rockstar’s crown since its 2008 release, remains a fan favorite, bolstered by impressive Metacritic scores of 98 on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and a solid 90 for the PC version. This acclaim alone makes the game a prime candidate for a modern revival.
Rockstar has already set a precedent with its recent release of Red Dead Redemption on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. This successful port of the 2010 classic has led to heightened speculation about a similar treatment for GTA IV. Fueling these rumors, a tweet from the account @JeffPulaski hints at a GTA IV port being released before the much-anticipated GTA VI. While the source’s low follower count raises questions about its reliability, the gaming community remains abuzz with anticipation.
Adding substance to these rumors is Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, which revealed plans to release two “previously-released titles” in the fiscal year 2024, ending next March. This timeframe conveniently dovetails with the speculated release window for a GTA IV update.
However, it’s worth noting that in July 2022, reports surfaced about Rockstar Games cancelling plans to remaster both Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV. The eventual release of the former has since reignited hope for the latter.
The potential GTA IV update comes at a time when excitement for GTA VI is reaching fever pitch. With the first official trailer for GTA VI expected next month and a projected release window between 2024 and 2025, a GTA IV port could serve as a perfect appetizer for fans. If the port is indeed a minimal-effort release rather than a full-fledged remaster, it would be a strategic move by Take-Two Interactive to maintain momentum and fan engagement in the lead-up to GTA VI.
As we await official confirmation, the prospect of returning to the gritty streets of Liberty City in a refreshed GTA IV continues to generate excitement. Whether these speculations will materialize remains a topic of eager discussion in gaming circles.
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