With the GTA 5 release date among the most anticipated of all video game releases in the coming months, fans continue to wonder of the possibility for a 2012 launch. At this point, many are expecting it is more likely in early 2013, but even that is now in doubt. Recent comments from an analyst have expressed concern over the game getting released in its March 2013 window.
Just recently, Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Robert W. Baird, has sent a note out to investors expressing concern over the projected March 2013 release window. Sebastian told GameSpot his reasons for the concern, saying:
“By no means am I convinced that it will miss March, but there are a couple of factors to consider. One, we haven’t heard anything definitive from the company on release timing. Second, retailers typically would want 4-6 months lead time to prepare for a launch as large as GTA, and from [what] I understand they haven’t heard anything. Third, Rockstar rightly prioritizes game quality over release date, and this dynamic could shift timing.”
Sebastian also added that he believes Rockstar Games will develop yet another winner with their latest GTA title. He estimates they’ll ship 12-14 million copies of the game during the first three months of its launch. That seems pretty reasonable considering the popularity of this franchise, and the quality of games they’ve managed to bring out.
As far as a release date, fans are certainly anxious for a new title, but they also probably realize it is well worth the wait, especially if Rockstar is developing great new gameplay features and a brand new multiplayer online environment. All of that takes time, so for now, gamers will hope for a new trailer, screenshots or anything else from Rockstar to hold them over.