Despite less than 5 women being killed through the game’s story, Australian Target executives have elected to remove Grand Theft Auto V from stores over a year after its initial release in 2013.
The petition from thousands of Australians claimed that the best-selling video game targets violence against women throughout the game.
Australia is known for their extremely strict attitude towards video games and this latest act by the retailers may be some positive publicity for the Australians in favor of the removal, but doing so right during the holiday season will likely hold out some heavy opportunities for sales.
Target’s corporate affairs general manager, Jim Cooper claimed that the decision will appease the majority of their customers.
“We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”
A major component of the creation of the petition was the ability to kill prostitutes. This is not required at any point in the game’s story to do, but players who would like to can seek out and look to kill them — just as they can do kill anyone else.
The spokeperson for the campaign claims that “The players are rewarded for buying sex and then brutally killing. It doesn’t matter if you are 17 or 80, it’s still a horrific thing.”
While there is no in-game reward for killing any bystanders in the street, the claim has gained enough momentum and support to incite Target — and now other companies — to neglect Rockstar’s best selling title.
Australians who do look to buy the game will still be able to purchase from online retailers like Amazon and on the online store on both of the new generation consoles.
Rockstar’s resurgance with Grand Theft Auto V is going as well as anyone could have predicted. The now first-person/third-person hybrid game is the clear-cut sales leader upon its first week of release with the likes of Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition falling behind at second and third respectively.
While the success of another GTA V release on the new consoles was a bit questionable at first considering its last release was so different, Rockstar took this extra year and put in some upgrades that fans are sure to appreciate.
The new first-person view point shakes up the typical gameplay we’ve come to expect with the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and some new side missions, improved visuals, and denser cities make re-experiencing both the single player and multiplayer that much more enticing.
GTA V’s initial 2013 release had already resulted in staggering sales numbers with over 11 million copies sold on day-one, but with the new release on the Xbox One and PS4 the game has now taken the edge for best selling video game ever in the UK.
As GTA flourishes yet again, the likes of Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition are a bit over-shadowed, but certainly not under-appreciated. Despite the multitude of grievances that fans have with Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 was still loved by the general masses.
Dragon Age Inquisition looks to be an excellent continuation if the Dragon Age series as well and with such a crowded market of high-quality games it has shaped up to be a great holiday season for gamers thus-far.
The only notable disappointment comes from a surprising culprit. The Master Chief Collection, despite it’s lack of any new content, has struggled significantly on the server-side of things that has held Halo fans back from experiencing their most loved games of the franchise. The Master Chief Collection has fallen from third place on the charts through its first week, to tenth during its now second week.
It seems after over a year from the initial promises that heists would be incorporated into GTA V online, Rockstar is finalizing the inclusion of the highly coveted game mode.
“…we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the works to continue adding to, expanding and evolving the world of Grand Theft Auto Online – including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which will be available for all four consoles as the first GTA Online Update…” – Rockstar official report
More details are to come soon, but for many fans the anticipation of heists slowly died down as the developer took longer and longer to add the organized multiplayer experience.
With heists coming now for the new-generation the excitement will likely build once again, but with no concrete release date for the update and the past prolonged duration of waiting, fans should remain cautious in their optimism that the game mode comes within a reasonable time frame.
A new view, a new game? Rockstar had initially unveiled their plans for first-person gameplay back in September, but what they’ve now revealed goes beyond what many had expected.
Rockstar’s newly released info shows that both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of the game will be running at 1080p, 30 FPS, and after watching the video above you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t amazed by the developer’s ability to create efficient games.
The smooth framerate and perfect HD output is only one-upped by how amazing the new perspective is. A first-person view point was an ambitious venture, but it seems Rockstar has done an excellent job with making the experience fit naturally into both the single-player and multiplayer of their (typically) third-person shooter.
Nothing about the FPS elements of the video appear jarringly out of place in anyway. The animations look fine, the detail to the weapons are great, and even zooming in to your scope seems to flow perfectly with the action.
Even the control scheme is afforded the means to be changed to the style of game you want to play. For those who want to try the game in this new view, you’ll be able to switch to typical FPS controls with the ability to left-click for sprint rather than tap A/X rapidly.
And once you begin the search for your getaway vehicle that first-person persepctive doesn’t go away. All vehicles will have their own unique dashboards with functional tachometers and radios to keep the immersion going.
But these are only some of the incredible additions to entice buyers into picking up GTA V upon it’s new-generation consoles release on November 18th.
New jobs, denser traffic flow, more diverse animal population, 150 new songs, character transfer upgrades, a variety of new visual effects, and a great deal of other upgrades will also be included in this new release.
Though the launch will be moving from the original October 21st release, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he certainly likes the new release time.
“If you look at our history since we took over the company seven years ago, we have largely stayed out of the Holiday period and gone into what our competitors consider ‘non-traditional’ release windows. And that has served us very well,” Zelnick reported to MCVUK.
The company’s plans to capitalize on a less clustered market time-frame with their February release, should pay dividends for Evolve. Bioshock: Infinite, Red Dead Redemption, and L.A. Noire were released in non-traditional release windows and each of the games received a great deal of praise and success.
The rest of Take-Two Interactive’s planned lineup later this year, including the updated GTA V for new-gen consoles, remains intact.