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Analyst Group: GTAV Likely Won't Launch Until "Early 2013"

If you're thinking Grand Theft Auto V would make for a nice holiday gift (for you, of course), you might have to...well, rethink your purchase strategy.

Rockstar has officially announced the next GTA installment but they haven't given us a specific release date, or even an estimated launch window. Various rumors and pieces of evidence have suggested we might see it later this summer or fall but now, the Sterne Agee analyst group says the title probably won't arrive until "early 2013." Previously, the firm said they believed GTAV would launch in the third quarter, just before Christmas.

That makes the race for Game of the Year all the more interesting, doesn't it? It also means the new Call of Duty should easily top the software sales charts for another year. But GTAV will be huge whenever it drops: According to Gamasutra, analyst Arvind Bhatia said the game could potentially sell around 25 million units during its first year of availability. And of course, if it launches early next year, it wouldn't face the stiff holiday competition (it's always stiff).

Well, whatever. Just get it here, Rockstar.

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V

Tags: grand theft auto v, gtav, gtav release date, grand theft auto v launch date

3/14/2012 10:31:50 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Naksy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 10:50:25 AM
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That sucks... We've waited long enough!! Q4 this year would be better...

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friction
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:08:10 PM

The only gta not to launch for the holiday season, oct/nov, was IV
Which was scheduled to launch october 16 '07, but was pushed back till april '08.
In june of '07 rockstar confirmed the game would still be released in october, but later in the month.

So I say we have until at least until june again, to start making these speculations...

Last edited by friction on 3/14/2012 2:11:52 PM

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H0TSHELLZ
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 11:08:31 AM
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DAMN !!!

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JCARROLL
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 11:09:45 AM
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I want it to release this year so we can see if it can outsell the next Call of Duty. It's not unlikely as the last one was originally supposed to release in late 2007.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 11:14:07 AM
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VallartaBoy was right after all... 2013 release day.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 11:47:25 AM
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Oh nooooooo...

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:35:20 PM
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Great, do what u can do to get anything just right before hitting the shelves.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:24:48 PM
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I don't remember if this is typical behavior of Rockstar but it does seem weird all we have to look at so far is that mysterious trailer. Suggests they aren't that far along.

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RICHIECOQUI
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:34:21 PM
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We should just wait for rockstar give more info!!

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friction
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:55:30 PM
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I doubt they'll miss this holiday season, especially with the low cod interest.
GTA 4 was scheduled to launch in october of 07, but was delayed. Every other gta was released between october and november.
and from what i've read from current testers, it sounds like a full game.

GTA hype = less max payne 3 hype, imo
Keeping my fingers crossed for a 2012 release for this game.

Last edited by friction on 3/14/2012 2:02:04 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:36:48 PM
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Sold GTAIV for 11 bucks this week, I was glad to see it go.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:12:39 PM

should have told me i would have gladly paid 12$ for a spare copy.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:42:23 PM
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Just going to have to play the waiting game now and be patient. Damn you Rockstar lol :)

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slugga_status
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:50:35 PM
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I'm just going to wait and see what happens when E3 comes around. My gut tells me it'll be there. If we don't get a lot of info come E3 then it's likely a 2013 release.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 5:19:29 PM
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i put zero stock into all this analyst/rumours stuff the way i look at these things the devs are the only people who know when it'll release. so when Rockstar announces a release date we'll know. thats just always how i've looked at it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:11:05 PM

That's pretty much just how it is. They get paid to analyze and find out what it likely but it doesn't actually matter.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:16:36 PM

oh my god you replied to my comment at the exact time i replied to your.. trippy.
and what your saying yea your right i just don't pay attention to it because 9 times out of 10 they'll wrong anyway

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Qubex
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 1:24:41 AM
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Whaaaaa... what a shame! I was looking forward to it... one of my D1P's

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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___________
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 4:48:52 AM
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gotta love how these guys get paid to say the obvious.
in other "news" tomb raider, devils third, saints row 4, metro last light, rainbow six patriots wont be out till next year either.
now wheres my pay check?

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