Analysts Expect L.A. Noire, GTAV To Release In 2011
We don't know when we'll get Grand Theft Auto V, and we still don't have an exact release date for L.A. Noire.
For the latter, we've all been hoping it'll arrive for the holidays. Various estimated release dates had it dropping anywhere between September and December. But now, according to research firm Cowen and their predictions, the long-awaited Rockstar title won't make it in 2010. On the good side of things, they expect the fifth GTA to drop during the second half of 2011, which probably shouldn't surprise anyone.
"With just nine weeks until the end of FY10 and no announced release date for the title, we now assume 'LA Noire' will be released in 2011, and have removed it from our FY10 revenue build. Take-Two continues to struggle with timely title releases. This presents risk to our FY11 estimates, which continue to assume the next console 'GTA' release in 2H:F11."
Yeah, well, that's only an assumption. We've still heard nothing official on a launch date for L.A. Noire but the analysts do have a point: if it wasn't at E3 and it wasn't at GamesCom - where it would've made perfect sense to provide us with a release date - so it does seem unlikely that it'll be out this year. The only big game show left is the Tokyo Game Show next month, but Rockstar is hardly a big deal in Japan.
I still say the next GTA should be Vice City 2, even though I know it won't be. 'sigh' :(
8/26/2010 10:51:45 AM Ben Dutka