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The Impact of SAG-AFTRA Strike on Video Game Industry and “Grand Theft Auto 6” Release

After 118 days of struggle, the strike action of the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) finally officially came to an end last week. AMPTP) reached a new agreement. However, this historic strike action has had a big impact on the film industry since it began, including “Dune: Part 2” and “Deadpool 3”. Many highly anticipated movies have been affected, with their releases either postponed or filming suspended. However, executives at publisher Take-Two seem to believe that if voice actors in the video game industry launched similar actions, the impact would not be that serious.

Since avoiding the impact of AI technology on the future development of the profession is one of the reasons that prompted actors to launch a strike, many people believe that some voice actors and actors involved in video games in the Screen Actors Guild are likely to start similar actions for similar reasons in the future. actions of resistance. Regarding related issues, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive Entertainment, the parent company of Rockstar Games, also promised that even if this statement finally becomes a reality, the long-awaited “Grand Theft Auto 6” will not be affected by this. The launch was delayed due to various reasons.

During an investor financial meeting earlier this week, Strauss Zelnick was asked about the possibility that Grand Theft Auto 6 might have to be delayed due to a potential voice actor strike, and Strauss Zelnick seemed to think that the Screen Actors Guild It seems unlikely that actors working in video games will go on strike like actors working in film and television. Before the results came out last week, he thought the results of all negotiations were going very smoothly.

During the 118 days since the Screen Actors Guild launched a strike, the video game actors did not participate in it. However, they did authorize the strike in September this year and quietly observed the negotiation process from the sidelines. However, they never actually joined the strike. A struggle. If a strike is launched, large game publishers such as Sony, Microsoft, Take-Two, Activision Blizzard, EA, Insomniac and Warner Bros. Games may be affected, especially some game works that require a lot of dubbing and motion capture work. , even if other development can still proceed as usual.

However, Zelnick can so confidently guarantee that the launch plan of “Grand Theft Auto 6” will not be affected by the strike of video game actors, which seems to imply that the dubbing work for this game is likely to have officially come to an end. The completion of this game may be closer than players think.

On the other hand, after a long wait of ten years, as well as various rumors and leaked news, Rockstar Games finally confirmed this week that they will launch a long-developed “Grand Theft Auto” in early December this year. The “latest work” in the “Driver” series has released its first trailer to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. This news immediately detonated the Internet after it was made public, and even caused the X (Twitter) platform post that posted the news to successfully break the likes record for video game posts. This news also greatly increases the credibility of the rumors that “Grand Theft Auto 6” may be launched between 2024 and 2025. As for the exact release plan, of course, it has yet to be officially announced by Rockstar Games in early December this year.

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