Zelnick didn’t make much reference to the firm’s recent financial troubles – but said that Take-2’s main goal is simply to deliver excellent gameplay.
The presentation as the first public showing of GTA IV, and the preview featured ‘highly-detailed buildings and an overall realistic, gritty version of an alternate-reality New York City’, according to Next-Gen.biz.
The firm revealed that the title will be “More like a successor to GTA III” than a straight follow-up to San Andreas, but didn’t show off any in-game action.
Console title Civilization: Revolution was then demonstrated to the audience. The title, which is the latest in the traditionally PC-based Sid Meier series, won a warm reception – not least because of the in-game humour on show.
Meier said that Revolution is “a great opportunity for a designer to start out with a blank sheet of paper”, adding that “all concepts” from the Civilization series are included in the new iteration.
Along with other games such as All-Pro Football, the publisher previewed upcoming gory FPS Bioshock, with developer Irrational Games on hand to walk the crowd through the title.