Is GTA Annualized?
Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said on an investor call:
“We don’t feel that GTA oughta be an annualized franchise,”
1997: GTA 1
1999: GTA 2
2001: GTA 3
2002: GTA Vice City
2004: GTA San Andreas
2005: GTA Liberty City Stories
2006: GTA Vice City Stories
2008: GTA 4
2009: GTA Chinatown Wars, GTA Lost & Damned, GTA Ballad of Gay Tony
OK, they missed a few years, but if that’s not annualized, it’s close. Also, if you the GTA offshoots Bully (2006) and Red Dead Redemption (2010) which use the same engine and gameplay style of GTA, it’s even closer.
Admittedly, there have only been four mainline, non-portable, non-expansion GTA-branded games since (and including) GTA III.
As long as they keep putting out amazing games at regularly spaced interrvals, there isn’t much to complain about. Red Dead Redemption looks amazing and I expect “The Agent” to be even better.