Contrary to widespread reports, Rockstar has told Next-Gen that there has been no announcement regarding additional exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV content for Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Reports of newly announced Xbox 360-bound Grand Theft Auto IV episodic content spread following Tuesday's Take-Two fourth quarter results conference call, in which company executives noted that exclusive GTA IV episodic content would be making its way to Xbox 360 in fiscal year 2009. While a number of publications have reported that the comments meant that previously unannounced content had been revealed, Rockstar has moved to clear up the speculation.
A Rockstar rep told Next-Gen Wednesday that the content in question is merely the second of the two previously announced pieces of episodic content making their way to Xbox 360. While both pieces of episodic content were initially scheduled to hit Xbox 360 in Take-Two's fiscal 2008, the second piece of content will now be available in fiscal 2009, a delay presumably brought about by the later than expected release of the highly anticipated title, which slipped from a planned 2007 debut to a 2008 fiscal second quarter (February 1 - April 30) release.
Although unconfirmed, it has been widely reported that Microsoft forked out $50 million in advance to secure the content exclusively for its next-gen console, a move that is likely to heavily boost sales of the 360 version of the multiplatform title.