When you think of virtual reality, immersive first-person content in vast realistic environments comes to mind, that allow people to experience, touch, and hear, things that would otherwise most likely never experience. The closest thing to real-life simulators, and I use that term loosely, is Grand Theft Auto from Rockstar games, and it could be coming to VR.
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Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the biggest titles in gaming at the moment, with Rockstar seeing more than $1 Billion of sales in the first three days alone following its launch. It gives players the opportunity to engross themselves in a storyline filled with shootouts, car chases, and luxury, as well as compete online in a multiplayer scenario.
According to Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Rockstar are considering bringing Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption to the virtual reality platform, most likely Steam VR, but is all dependant on if VR takes off.
“If this is the consumer’s platform of choice, we’ll bring our IPs to it aggressively and ambitiously.”
The company want to make sure that the efforts put into optimising the titles for virtual reality will see results financially and, if VR is the next big thing then Rockstar and Take two will pursue it.
“I’ve talked about VR in the past – there’s a lot of excitement in the marketplace, and a lot of our people are excited too,” Zelnick said. “We’re still in our R&D route because this still isn’t a consumer business.”
This isn’t the first time GTA 5 and VR has been talked about, with many videos already showing off mods that have been created for the game allowing you to play in virtual reality. The latest one comes from Reddit and shows a picture-in-picture view of both first-person gameplay and the real-world view of the person playing the game.
The question therefore doesn’t seem to be if GTA 5 can be brought to virtual reality, it’s more a case of bringing the title when the platform is ready for GTA 5. Could the game be too violent for virtual reality? Drop us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.