Aside from pasting imgur links to cat gifs and talk about wrestling, we do actually discuss a lot of super-relevant things at the virtual water cooler of the TouchArcade war room. This afternoon we got on the subject of what yet to be announced games we’re likely going to see on the App Store in 2015, and it seems like we’re just overdue for a new Grand Theft Auto game. Stay with me on this.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99) was released on December 11th of 2013. Before that, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ($4.99) hit the App Store a little more than a year before that on December 5th, or 371 days apart. Prior to that was Grand Theft Auto III on December 14th, 2011- 357 days before GTA:VC. Chinatown Wars ($4.99) hit the App Store on January 17th, 2010, creating a 696 day gap between GTA releases. That puts us at an average of roughly 475 days between GTA releases. As of this writing, we’re 420 days out from San Andreas– That average gets even lower if we take into account the HD version of Chinatown Wars.
Yes, we have Metal now thanks to iOS 8, but I really think it’s going to be a while before we see a proper GTA IV port. It’d be awesome to think it’s possible one day, but I don’t think we’re there yet. All that leaves is us Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories. Both games are from an era of GTA games that already are running on iOS, so it makes all too much sense that they’ll eventually appear on the App Store. With the existing GTA games all fresh and updated, what else could Rockstar’s mobile team be working on?
So what do you guys think? Do we have enough data here that our average makes statistical sense? If so, it means inside of the next two months we’re going to see another GTA game. However, Rockstar seems to definitely prefer releasing their games around the holiday season. Is this going to be a year we’re going to see a two year gap between releases like we did between Chinatown Wars and GTA III?
I don’t have any inside information on this (Or … Do I?) but it seems interesting to think about. 55 days from now would be March 30th, but given the fact that iOS games are technically released on Thursdays, if our math is correct Vice City Stories and/or Liberty City Stories will be released on March 26th or April 2nd.
I mean, I wouldn’t bet money on either of those dates, but it’s going to really amuse me if I’m right.