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Analysts: GTA V to be out by March 2013

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.

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  • Analysts: GTA V to launch before summer 2012, will sell 20 million+

    Analysts have Grand Theft Auto V pegged for a short by PR cycle, but a long string of numbers before the word “sales”.

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  • Analyst says BioShock: Infinite has potential to move 4.9 million copies

    Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has said it’s possible BioShock: Infinite could end up moving 4.9 million copies and amass $221 million in sales. In his latest note to investors, Hickey said should the game achieve such success, it could outpace BioShock 2 which shipped 3 million as of March 2010. Infinite is out next […]

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  • Friday Shorts afternoon edition: Prototype 2, SWTOR, science, Rock Band, DiRT 3 shots

    The weekend is almost here – at least in the US. You UK folks are already drinking cider, and the like.  Instead of pouting and throwing ourselves to the floor in a bitter fit, we’ll be nice as post some small news bits.

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  • Analyst expects 8 million 3DS to ship during its first year at retail

    Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey expects Nintendo to ship over eight million 3DS to the western market during its first year at retail.

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  • Industry analysts and John Carmack weigh-in on Sony's NGP

    With the announcement for NGP from Sony this morning, three industry analysts have weighed-in on the news: Mike Hickey of Janco Partners, Lazard Capital Markets’ Colin Sebastian, and Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter. So did John Carmack, technical director at id Software.

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  • Analyst: StarCraft II sales could pull in $350M this year

    Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has predicted StarCraft II unit sales could reach 7 million during Blizzard’s current fiscal year, bringing in $350 million in sales and $171 million in operating profit.

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  • Analyst: Infinity Ward will be "essentially closed" after next map pack is released

    Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has said that he believes Infinity Ward will be “essentially closed” once the next map pack for Modern Warfare 2 is released.

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  • Industry analysts claim investors are unhappy with EA management

    EA’s forecast for FY10 revealed this week has been met with disappointment from investors, according to industry and investment analysts who feel that something “drastic” has to happen to turn things around for EA. This lack of investor confidence has put CEO John Riccitiello in an unenviable position, causing Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey to […]

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  • LA Noire is "exciting" and "innovative," says Feder

    Not only is LA Noire not dead, but it’s also “innovative”. Take-Two CEO Ben Feder said so in the publisher’s Q3 earnings call last night. “It’s in development,” he said in response to a direct question on the game’s status from Janco’s Mike Hickey. “Nothing to announce today. When we have more to announce we […]

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  • Analyst predicts StarCraft II will not arrive until 2010

    Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey believes that StarCraft II will not be released until 2010 due to lead designer Dustin Browder’s comments regarding “four to six months” worth of Beta testing. With Blizzard stating that the game is set to be released during fall/holiday 2009, Hickey feels that this will be pushing it. “We find […]

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  • Analyst predicts Modern Warfare 2 will move 11 million units this year

    Janco Partners’ Mike Hickey has predicted that Modern Warfare 2 will not only rake-in $338 million in sales it’s first day on the market, but that it will be the “largest videogame release of the year” by moving 11.1 million units by the close of 2009. “We believe Modern Warfare 2 will likely be the […]

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  • Analyst positive regarding THQ, says next fiscal year will be better

    Thanks to strong sales of Red Faction: Guerrilla and UFC 2009, Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey says that things are looking up for THQ. “We are increasingly more optimistic on [THQ's] near term financial prospects as our focus shifts from near term liquidity concerns to their upcoming game pipeline where buzz is beginning to build,” […]

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  • Sims 3 could move 4 million this year, says analyst

    Janco’s Mike Hickey has predicted that The Sims 3 could sell up to 4 million units in 2009. Sims 2 sold an estimated 3.5 units in calendar 2004. Sims 3 releases in June. Hickey also said he expects the upcoming Harry Potter game to sell about 3.2 million units sold-in. More on Gama.

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  • Sony: PS3 will always have Blu-ray

    Janco’s Mike Hickey’s prediction that a Blu-ray-less PS3 may be in the works suffered something of a blow today when Sony, unsurprisingly, said that there isn’t. “That would pretty much destroy the PS3′s backbone,” Sony marketing manager Kim Nguyen told SAI. “Our games were built on Blu-ray. Quote that: Blu-ray will always be part of […]

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  • Hickey - THQ has a 50-50 chance of going bankrupt

    Janco’s Mike Hickey has told the LA Business Journal that THQ has a 50-50 chance of going bankrupt, based on “mediocre product”. THQ recently announced 600 lay-offs in an effort to trim costs after dropping nearly $200 million in ’08′s final quarter. CEO Brian Farrell has shrugged off Hickey’s opinion. From the piece: “You have […]

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  • Hickey - PS3 price cut to be announced within "days"

    Janco’s Mike Hickey has speculated that Sony may be on the verge of announcing a hefty PS3 price cut. “Recent channel checks indicate increased speculation for a PS3 price cut announcement from Sony in the next couple of days,” said the analyst. “We think the company needs to reduce the current price by USD 100 […]

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  • Hickey - US market will hit $20 billion this year

    Janco Mike Hickey has forecasted that US video game sales will reach $20 billion in 2009, growing 6.7 percent over 2008′s $18.8 billion. The figure is minus accessories. “We continue to believe video games offer an exceedingly strong value proposition for consumers in the current economic malaise, and should continue to over index other forms […]

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  • Hickey predicts 5 million Lich King sales in month one

    Janco’s Mike Hickey has predicted that WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King will sell through around 5 million copies in its opening month. The add-on goes on sale next week. “We expect the upcoming release of WoW’s expansion pack… would yield a sell-through of roughly 5 million units in the first month,” he said, […]

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  • Hickey: "We absolutely believe Activision will take a look at Take-Two"

    Speaking to The Deal, Janco’s Mike Hickey has predicted that Activision Blizzard will take a look at buying Take-Two, for no better reason that to piss EA off. “We absolutely believe Activision will take a look at Take-Two,” said the analyst. “If a competitor is for sale, you take a look, and if EA is […]

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