Netflix is apparently trying to release a GTA game

Netflix is apparently trying to release a GTA game
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Tom Chapman


17th Oct 2023 09:31

While we know Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time (recently topping 300 million sales), there's no escaping the might of the Grand Theft Auto series. Take-Two Interactive currently holds the keys to the kingdom, with GTA V being the most profitable entertainment product of all time.

All eyes are on the eventual release of GTA 6, but as we're left dangling like fish on a line, the automotive adventure has been punctuated with other titles. The GTA Trilogy was an unmitigated disaster, leading to reports a GTA IV remaster was canned. However, could Netflix be the one to resurrect some classics from the GTA storage?

Netflix reportedly wants to release a GTA game

According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix wants a slice of Take-Two's pie, with grand plans to snag itself a GTA game. This was shared on the GamingLeaksandRumours subreddit, but it appears there's some confusion. While the OP thought Netflix wanted to create a wholly new title, that doesn't seem to be the case.

According to TWSJ, "some of the people said" how Netflix has "discussed plans to release a game within the popular action-adventure series 'Grand Theft Auto' from Take-Two Interactive Software." One analyst told the outlet how Netflix has splashed out $1 billion on games, but don't get too excited. 

The most likely option is a classic GTA title getting a mobile port under the steam of Netflix. The only way you can currently play games via Netflix is through the streaming service's mobile app. Still, we wouldn't turn our noses up at a mobile port of Chinatown Wars through Netflix. 

Netflix is still going in on gaming

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So far, we've not seen much of a payout from Netflix's gaming ambitions. There was Black Mirror: Bandersnatch as a choose-your-own-adventure experiment, while there's been a trickle of mobile games like TMNT: Shredder's Revenge and Tomb Raider Reloaded.

Netflix has also been on an acquisition drive, adding Cozy Grove's Spry Fox, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land's Next Games, and Oxenfree's Night School Studio. Similar to Apple Arcade, Netflix games are free of ads and microtransactions, although you're likely overlooking them

Despite unknown successes of Netflix's latest ventures, there are reports that it's hiring more on the gaming side, with a hope to push into AAA games. As for how things are going, there's an update on Netflix's figures coming in an earnings report on October 18. 

We've had GTA mobile games before, with everything from San Andreas to Liberty City Stories getting a port. With us bored of waiting for GTA 6, we'll take a revamped GTA title where we can. Could this be Netflix's next big partnership? Watch this space. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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