Friday, 15 December 2017
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Nintendo Switch games – Rockstar backs console, but no word on GTA 5 launch


The Nintendo Switch will continue to have “great sales”, according to Strauss Zelnick – the CEO of GTA 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive Software.

Zelnick said the gaming giant, who own Grand Theft Auto developers Rockstar Games, are very supportive of the Nintendo Switch during a conference call.

The Take-Two boss said the GTA 5 publisher was excited about the Switch and supportive of it six months ago – and they still are.

According to Dual Shockers, he said the Nintendo Switch sales are “great” and he expects them to “continue to be great”.

Nintendo recently revealed that between the Switch’s launch on March 3 and the end of June, it has sold an incredible 4.7million units worldwide.

This is despite widespread stock shortages, with analysts saying it could have sold more if stock was more plentiful.

Nintendo have reportedly increased their first-year Switch sales targets to 15million – which is more than then Wii U sold in its entire lifetime.

Zelnick said Take Two were optimistic about the Switch’s future – but did not give any indication whether GTA 5 will be coming to Nintendo’s hit console.

He also didn’t discuss the possibility of whether Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s next big game, will be released on the Nintendo Switch.

Take Two have a number of confirmed releases for the Nintendo Switch coming up – WWE2K18 and NBA2K18.

And there’s rumours that some big Rockstar franchises could be coming to the Switch too.

Rumours swirling around on Reddit claims that Rockstar could be planning to revive their Midnight Club franchise.

One Reddit user has posted what he believes to be evidence of developers working on a new remake project, via their Rockstar Social Club accounts.

There were also alleged screenshots from Xbox Live showing a Midnight Club game that was supposedly pulled.

But the rumour that surely will get Switch fans most excited is the possibility of an LA Noire Remaster.

LA Noire was originally released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC back in 2011. 

Instead of the GTA series, it follows a character on the right side of the law – LAPD officer Cole Phelps.

Set in the 1940s and 50s, players are tasked with solving a range of cases across five different divisions in the LAPD.

Players have to investigate crime scenes for clues, follow lead and interrogate suspects.

Earlier this year Twiter user Yan2295, who describes themselves as a “mostly retired Rockstar insider”, said a remaster was going.

The tweeter said: “According to what I heard, Rockstar might be releasing a remastered version of L.A. Noire on the Nintendo Switch.”

This was followed by a separate tweet which suggested LA Noire would also hit Xbox One and PS4 this summer.

“Regarding LA Noire Remaster, the title is sounding like it’ll come to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Release slated for late summer.”

And Comicbook.com recently reported that three sources have said an LA Noire Remaster is coming, and there will be PSVR support.

They said: “We have heard from three separate sources related to Rockstar that VR features have been prototyped for the Playstation release of the game, indicating that a VR mode might well be on its way.

“In addition, we have heard that a first person mode is planned to be added to all versions of the game.

“If these rumors amount to anything, it’s easy to imagine a first person mode being realised in a similar fashion to the first person mode added to GTA V’s Xbox One and PS4 versions.”

The last Grand Theft Auto game to release on a Nintendo console was Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, back in 2009 for the Nintendo DS.

Other GTA games released on Nintendo platforms were Grand Theft Auto Advance on the Game Boy Advance, and Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2 for Game Boy Color.



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