GTA 5: analyst ‘increasingly concerned’ it will miss March 2013 release

By Dave Cook
21 September 2012 14:47 GMT

GTA 5 is causing concern for Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian. We reported on his thoughts over Take-Two’s recent financial slump, but he has also elaborated over his growing worries over Grand Theft Auto 5’s release date, although he is sure it will ‘be a hit’.

Speaking with Gamespot, Sebastian said of his GTA 5 concerns, “By no means am I convinced that it will miss March, but there are a couple of factors to consider. One, we haven’t heard anything definitive from the company on release timing.”

“Second, retailers typically would want 4-6 months lead time to prepare for a launch as large as GTA, and from [what] I understand they haven’t heard anything. Third, Rockstar rightly prioritizes game quality over release date, and this dynamic could shift timing.”

Sebastian also predicts that GTA 5 will sell 12-14 million units during in its first three months on sale.

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