“Perhaps most importantly we have the ability [with Zynga] – from both a development and a publishing point of view – to optimize the creation of new titles; new titles based on Take-Two’s core intellectual property. We believe we have the best collection of console and PC intellectual property in the interactive entertainment business – and it’s basically nearly entirely un-exploited from mobile and free-to-play around the world.”
On top of that, Take-Two put together a presentation that included this slide that makes it pretty obvious that they intend to use Zynga to bring some of their most popular properties to mobile devices and other free-to-play platforms.
When you put all of these pieces together, it makes it easy to safely assume that Rockstar, Zynga, and every other associated party eventually intends to bring the GTA franchise (and other series) to mobile devices and other platforms in a way that they haven’t necessarily tried before. The question now is, “What will that mobile GTA game look like and how will this plan impact GTA 6‘s development?”
So far as that goes, I can envision a few likely scenarios. The first (which is also the one I’ve seen more than a few people start to dread) is that GTA 6 will basically be designed as a mobile game that will also be available for PC and consoles (similar to something like Genshin Impact). While that’s an equally frightening and fascinating thought, I don’t think that’s what Rockstar and Take-Two intend to do quite yet. Unless GTA 6 is going to be significantly less technically demanding than Red Dead Redemption 2 was, there is almost no world in which that game will live up to next-gen and PC technological standards and be playable on a mobile device. I’m sure there are multiple executives at every company involved in this deal salivating over the thought of that possibility, but we’re probably not there quite yet.
However, I do think it’s possible (perhaps likely) that Take-Two is interested in Zynga developing some kind of mobile version of GTA Online that will be compatible with existing versions of GTA Online (as well as whatever version of that concept launches with GTA 6).
It’s not hard to imagine how lucrative a mobile version of GTA Online could be, and while it makes me somewhat sad that Take-Two is probably far more interested in the next version of GTA Online than they are GTA 6‘s single-player content, that at least may help ensure that Rockstar is able to craft the campaign to their liking and leave more of the mobile considerations and compromises to the GTA Online part of the package.
Source: Den of Geek