Ahead of the upcoming GTA 5 release date, a job listing from Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar has revealed it is to begin work on a gaming engine for next-generation consoles, such as the rumoured PS4 and Xbox 720.
Seeking a new ‘Core Engine Programmer’, the latest Rockstar job listing has hinted at the company’s plans to develop for next-generation consoles, suggesting that the role “is an exciting opportunity to develop cutting-edge architectures and high performance systems for current and next-gen platforms.”
Failing to detail whether the new engine will be used to develop for the current Sony PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles as well as future devices, Rockstar North, the Edinburgh based team currently working on GTA 5, is believed to be planning the new engine ahead of the expected 2013 Xbox 720 release date.
GTA 5 Rumours
Although having been officially unveiled earlier in the year, little is officially known about the upcoming GTA 5 release date beyond Rockstar’s recent confirmation that the title will touch down globally in ‘spring 2013’.
Despite this, a flurry of GTA 5 rumours have seen a number of retails already speculate on the title’s launch, with Tesco tipping a March 12 GTA 5 Release Date whilst the French arm of Amazon has suggested the GTA 4 follow-on with touch down on June 19.
Although Rockstar has confirmed that the upcoming GTA 5 offering will be made available for PS3 and Xbox 360 at launch, the latest job listings have suggested the title could be rolled out to new platforms and next-generation consoles later in the year. Xbox 720 rumours have repeated tipped the device for an autumn 2013 release date following an E3 unveiling.
Speaking on the game’s potential platform expansion, Rockstar Vice President Dan Houser recently stated: “We are a third-party publisher. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.
“If that’s on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be. I think that’s the fun in what we do. We see ourselves as a content company that uses technology. We don’t make it; we use it to make the most fun stuff.”
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