Analysts: GTA V to be out by March 2013

Wednesday, 18th January 2012 15:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Despite Rockstar pushing Max Payne 3 into May from March yesterday, several analysts are of the belief the company will have Grand Theft Auto V released within Take Two FY2013.

National Alliance Capital Markets analyst Mike Hickey believes there’s still a possibility the game will be out within the latter half of calendar 2012 rather than 2013.

“It seems unlikely that Rockstar Games would launch both Max Payne 3 and GTA 5 in the month on May,” he said in a note, as reported by Game Informer.

“Therefore, we have shifted our original expectation for GTA V to launch in May 2012, into the Company’s 2013 fiscal second-half operating period (release window: Sept. ’12 – March ‘13).

“We remain confident GTA V will ship in calendar year ’12, based on an assumption that Rockstar is using a sub 12 month marketing window for GTA V and the Company’s fiscal 2013 performance guidance, which would suggest the game’s release.”

Wedbush’s Michael Pachter said in his own note that the Rockstar North opus “would benefit from giving Call of Duty some breathing room,” while EEDAR’s Jesse Divinich added it would need to be out before Take Two’s FY2014.

Rockstar has only announced the development of the game, as well as released one trailer to date, but no information on platforms or a timeline.



  1. 3rikko

    GTA V wont be coming out at least before May 2013, Rockstar ALWAYS delays their games

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Honestly, this says a lot about analysts in general. They’re like terrible psychics, except they suck at acting.

    National Alliance got it flat wrong, and they obviously have no idea, and no intelligence saying anything for when GTA V will actually be out.

    Pachter, well…. He certainly knows his Rockstar. Mr “Red Dead Redemption is not blockbuster material”.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. aseddon130

    i dont mind them taking their time with it, but not having this game released in 2012 seems ridiculous especially with rumours of new consoles coming, unless they have it at launch for the next Xbox … which would be even more impressive!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. HeavyD-Love

    Aren’t they typically an October release for GTA’s (my memory could be mistaken)? Why wouldn’t this come out October 2012? You know they’ve been working on it since wrapping GTA4.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Hakkiz

    My guess is Autumn 2012 for consoles, and maybe Spring 2013 for PC. Can’t see why they would tease the game now if it’s not out this year. But then again, things can get delayed even if they originally planned 2012 release.

    About next gen, they simply can’t jump into it and make things better. It’s an expensive, time-consuming process and, at launch, there’s no user base at all, compared to 360/PS3. Besides, just seeing rumours about new consoles doesn’t mean they are coming anytime soon.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    Analyst: “GTAV out, like, within a year, probably.”

    #6 3 years ago
  7. drewbles82

    GTA games have usually been earlier in the year, when the industry isnt releasing so many games like October.
    As for releasing on nextgen, answer is No.

    Think about it, that would harm sales big time. Yes might make some buy a new console just to play the new game but in order for GTA5 to make loads, they have to sell millions of nextgen consoles first.
    Hence why it will be this gen as there is over 6yrs worth of consoles already bought, so far far more sales. Thats why GTA4 didnt come out for a few years.
    GTA4 was mostly delayed due to PS3, xbox was ready but they had trouble putting it on ps3 and they wanted to release it the same time.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. IL DUCE

    It’s going to come out May 2013, maybe even later if gets pushed back to be a launch title for the NextBox…analysts = always wrong

    #8 3 years ago

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