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Pachter: EA Could Delay GTAIV

EA has had difficulty making friends with gamers over the past year or so, and this probably won't help matters.

Industry analyst Michael Pachter has dropped a mini-bombshell of sorts, and it's not going to go over well with the millions who are anxiously anticipating April 29. Yeah, that's the confirmed release for Grand Theft Auto IV, but if EA is able to finish up the Take-Two takeover, April 29 could end up being just another day. According to Pachter, EA has "an economic incentive to delay [Grand Theft Auto IV]." That incentive, if you couldn't guess, is to take advantage of the far more lucrative fourth quarter, and Pachter reminds us that Take-Two needs to get this game out because they need the money. EA, on the other hand... They may be willing to tick off a lot of gamers and simply wait until the holidays to rake in as much profit as humanly possible.

Now, this is nothing more than speculation, of course. There's a chance that the EA/Take-Two deal won't even go through, and if it does, there's nothing saying it goes through before GTAIV releases. Furthermore, even though the fourth quarter always yields bigger results, we can't imagine that kind of significant delay when the game is already done. Let's all hope that Pachter's theory falls flat this time around.

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV

4/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 12:22:00 AM
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Even EA knows they couldn't take a PR hit like this would bring. I guarantee that If EA takes over Take 2 it'll be too late to do anything about GTA IV.

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Gabriel013
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 1:47:01 AM
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Even if EA do delay the game and take some bad PR. People who buy EA games aren't going to boycot the company. Let's just hope GTA makes it out the door before EA can get it's grubby hands on it.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 6:54:10 AM
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I have been dying to play this game from the moment i had heard of it. But if EA changes anything, even so much as delaying release by a day, i will cancel my order and not buy it or any EA games. I will also stop watching tv sponsored by EA and stay clear from any product even associated with them.
I will not allow scum like EA to destroy an industry to great as this.

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LegioN
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 10:18:04 AM
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If they delay this game, so help me god...

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bigrailer19
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 6:16:31 PM
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i agree if the game does delay for this reason i will have a hard time buying EA games even madden (dread) but hopefully thats not the case!

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deeksy23
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 @ 4:35:06 PM
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that would be such bull

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el guapo
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 @ 5:44:30 PM
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if EA does acquire Take two before GTA is released and they DO delay it.... they better be ready. cuz i'll buy a ticket out there, and i'll hunt down each and every person responsible for that move. I 'll come at em with razor blades and lemon juice.

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Tigeroovy
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 @ 7:53:55 PM
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If EA goes and buggers us all to make some more money, I've lost damn near ALL respect for them.
They ought to know it's going to make people hate them.

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evilweasl55
Thursday, April 10, 2008 @ 11:05:40 PM
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i have always been a gta fan, I;m desparate for this game i'm even throwing a huge GTA party on the day of the release. EA sucks they always have. This will start riots there are alot of crazy people out there. where do we picket at, i'll protest, EA don't have what it takes to tame this Game. We should all write them hate mail it would be funny.

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mildmike
Sunday, April 13, 2008 @ 7:58:46 PM
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All this delaying of games,for whatever reason,is wearing a little thin.Lets all threaten a boycott of EA if they do it again.

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