"Building Suspension" For GTAV Unveiling Before E3
After learning that Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto IV had surpassed 15 million total sales worldwide, it has now come to our attention that the fifth installment in the acclaimed and ultra-popular franchise may be revealed sooner than anticipated.
According to Industry Gamers, Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey said "there is building suspension for a pre-E3 GTAV announcement, although we expect nothing from Rockstar at this year's official E3 event." The article also makes a good point of reminding us that GTA simply doesn't need E3 or any large industry show; these games sell themselves, and Rockstar or Take-Two could hold their own unveiling event, if they so chose. Added Hickey:
"We think the next iteration of GTA for console can significantly outsell its predecessor, reflecting on the sales acceleration of the prior cycle GTA console iterations, an accelerating core gamer installed base (with an emphasis on PS3 installed expansion where GTA has historically dominated relatively), and the most talented / motivated development team in the world, in our view."
A GTAV announcement would indeed be huge; the only question we'd have is in regards to the launch date. Previously, it was suggested that we might actually see it towards the end of 2010 but that seems very unlikely now, as most estimates place it during the first or second quarter of 2011. But whenever it's announced, you can bet that it will rule the headlines for quite some time; everyone will want every scrap of information available. Personally, I want Vice City 2, but I know that won't happen.
3/5/2010 10:52:10 AM Ben Dutka