Rockstar has yet to confirm a launch date for Grand Theft Auto V, Analyst group Sterne Agee shifted its expectations for the release date of GTA V.

Arvind Bhatia expects Grand Theft Auto V to launch during early 2013 based on retail channel checks.

Bhatia outlined four advantages of launching GTA V during this window:

1) a less crowded window away from the big holiday releases such as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed etc. Recall, the previous GTA title (GTA IV) was released on April 29, 2008, i.e., also away from the holiday period,
2) smoother earnings in FY14 especially if GTA V launches in the last month of FY13 (March 2013); in other words it will result in stronger GTA V catalog sales in FY14,
3) a larger installed base including the potential for launch on Nintendo Wii U and
4) an extra couple of months to polish the game.

In February, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said GTA V “is making great process” and that it “promises to continue Rockstar’s incredible track record of delighting fans by raising the bar in interactive entertainment”.

Rockstar also stated “Right now, we are very hard at work on the game and are excited as well to show and tell you more as development progresses – expect that we’ll be talking much more about GTA V starting at some point in a few months time. ”Please hang tight until then and thank you all for your patience and support!”

It’s pretty likely that the next details about GTA V will be at E3 2012, in about three months time.

 

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