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GTA 5 to be digital only game?

Research firm predicts boxed release will feature collectible merchandise and download code only

Ahead of the reveal of the first GTA V trailer tomorrow, gaming-focused market research and consulting firm Newzoo has speculated that the title will be download only.

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In a new report covering DLC, pre-owned and digital distribution, which was passed along to IndustryGamers, CEO Peter Warman said: "There are a lot of reasons why publishers are pushing towards digital distribution of triple-A games.

"Speaking out loud might harm the relationship with retail partners, but the benefits have become too large to remain silent about the desire to go completely digital. The ultimate objective being to launch games faster, create continuous revenues on a title and simply to make more money.

"Will retail disappear from the picture? Of course not," he continued. "Retail will always remain an important channel to promote and distribute games. Retail has a strong hand to play when it comes to eyeballs and... boxes make a nice gift.

"Boxed games will not disappear, but what is in the box will. That is why the boxed GTA V version will contain a collectible piece of merchandise and a download code. No disc."

Would you be happy for GTA V to be a download only title, or do you still love having your games on a physical disc?

Tomorrow's debut GTA V trailer should finally reveal the much speculated about setting for the game, which is rumoured to be based on real-world Los Angeles.

What do you want to see in GTA V?

[ SOURCE: IndustryGamers ]