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GTA V expected by March 2013, needs to give COD some ‘breathing room’

18 Jan 2012 by John Robertson
Waiting for games is not easy, waiting for a new Grand Theft Auto is particularly difficult. According to National Alliance Capital Markets analyst Mike Hickey, we've still got a bit of a wait for GTA V - but, there's still a possibility it will release this year. “It seems unlikely that Rockstar Games would launch both Max Payne 3 and GTA V in the month of May,” said Hickey. “Therefore, we have shifted our original expectation for GTA V to launch in May 2012, into the Company’s 2013 fiscal second-half operating period (release window: Sept. ’12 – March ‘13). “We remain confident GTA V will ship in calendar year ’12, based on an assumption that Rockstar is using a sub 12 month marketing window for GTA V and the Company’s fiscal 2013 performance guidance, which would suggest the game’s release.” The ever-good-for-a-quote Michael Pachter, of Wedbush, has weighed in with his own point of view, saying that GTA V  “would benefit from giving Call of Duty some breathing room." So, very late 2012 or early 2013 it is then. Oh, in other Rockstar news, Max Payne 3 has been delayed. Dang!  


Waiting for games is not easy, waiting for a new Grand Theft Auto is particularly difficult. According to National Alliance Capital Markets analyst Mike Hickey, we’ve still got a bit of a wait for GTA V – but, there’s still a possibility it will release this year.
“It seems unlikely that Rockstar Games would launch both Max Payne 3 and GTA V in the month of May,” said Hickey.
“Therefore, we have shifted our original expectation for GTA V to launch in May 2012, into the Company’s 2013 fiscal second-half operating period (release window: Sept. ’12 – March ‘13).
“We remain confident GTA V will ship in calendar year ’12, based on an assumption that Rockstar is using a sub 12 month marketing window for GTA V and the Company’s fiscal 2013 performance guidance, which would suggest the game’s release.”
The ever-good-for-a-quote Michael Pachter, of Wedbush, has weighed in with his own point of view, saying that GTA V  “would benefit from giving Call of Duty some breathing room.”
So, very late 2012 or early 2013 it is then. Oh, in other Rockstar news, Max Payne 3 has been delayed. Dang!
 

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