Ever the tease, Rockstar Games' publisher Take-Two has revealed the GTA developer is working on an unannounced game for 'new-gen' consoles, planned for release sometime this fiscal year (that's before April 2015).
It didn't provide an indication of what the game would be, whether it will represent an existing franchise or a new IP, but even so it was enough info to grip the CVG community into a fever of speculation, with impassioned fans declaring their hopes and dreams for the new project.
Rockstar is, after all, the steward of some of the biggest franchises in all entertainment, with a gargantuan fanbase who routinely queue around the block for the opportunity to play its latest blockbuster.
Across the following pages CVG looks through the more likely candidates for Rockstar's new-gen game reveal. Let us know what you think the game will be in the comments below.
A new-look GTA V
The last time we heard any official discussion on a GTA 5 PC release Take-Two CEO Karl Slatoff said "there's really nothing for us to say about that".
Despite Rockstar and Take-Two's silence, fans haven't given up hope or quietened down (a GTA 5 PC petition has reached over 650,000 signatures). And nor should they, Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed video games of all time, so it of course makes perfect sense to expand the game's reach even further by porting it onto Windows and Mac.
But, considering the similarities in hardware architecture between PC, Xbox One and PS4, an all-new GTA V release could be seen as the plan with the most potential. Upgraded visuals, like with Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and The Last of Us PS4, would be customary for this next-gen re-release.
Grand Theft Auto 4 launched first on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but a PC version hit the market seven months later. If we follow a similar time frame, this would put GTA 5's potential PC release around late spring or early summer 2014.
Is it actually going to happen? We think it's inevitable. In October 2011, responding to requests for a Red Dead Redemption release on PC, and questions about Rockstar's commitment to the platform, a studio representative indicated the PC is still an important part of its business.
"We hope that with the announcement that LA Noire is coming to PC this fall, and the knowledge that our next big game Max Payne 3 will have a PC release (plus that we've released both Grand Theft Auto IV and the Episodes from Liberty City for PC), we can finally put to rest any misconceptions that we've abandoned the PC platform," the rep said.
"All we can say is that whenever it is viable (technically, developmentally and business-wise) for us to release a game for PC (or any other particular platform) - we will and we usually do".