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The delay of BioShock: Infinite by four months to February 26 has opened the door for Rockstar Games to release Grand Theft Auto V this October, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has said.

In a note published today, Pachter said: "Before the market open on Wednesday, Take-Two announced that BioShock Infinite’s release date had been delayed by roughly four months to February 26, 2013 (Q4:13) from October 16, 2012 (Q3:13).

"Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games, the studio developing BioShock Infinite, attributed the delay to maximizing game quality.

"In our view, the delay opens the window for Grand Theft Auto V to be released in October 2012 (Q3:13). We believe that October is the preferred release month for GTA V's developer, Rockstar Games, as the studio has scheduled every prior GTA releases during that month (with GTA IV delayed to April 2008, due to bugs in the PS3 version).

"We speculate that once Rockstar Games notified Take-Two that GTA V would be ready by October, Take-Two gave Irrational Games the option to spend more time fine-tuning BioShock Infinite."

He adds: "Although we were confident that both games would sell millions of units when it appeared that they would be released in close proximity, we think that the delay will alleviate any wallet-share concerns and ensure that both games receive the undivided attention of Take-Two’s management and marketing teams, and will ensure that retail support is optimised."

And it won't be long until Take-Two and Rockstar make it official, with Pachter predicting an update on release timing as early as May 22, when Take-Two provides its Q4 2012 results. Failing that an announcement no later than E3.

In the event that no release date is announced by E3, Pachter believes the game won't be in stores this calendar year.

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Karlius's Avatar


Personally this is the first time I have agreed with Pachter. GTA IV was announced as in full development in November. It has probably been in development far beyond that.

As Rockstar have pretty much used the same engine for their last 3 open world games (Each with slight tweaks) and the fact we are still on the same set of consoles I can't see massive alterations for this game especially as I fully expect new consoles to be launched or on their way by that time next year.

Therefore there is a small window to maximise sales and I can see October being a good time for that release. Unless GTA5 is not being developed for this crop of consoles at all? Can anybody see it as a Launch Title?
Posted 19:11 on 10 May 2012
munkee's Avatar

munkee@ Wido

Yeah Wido.. What do you know? Are you mystic? Have you ever moved any physical objects with your mind? Can you even backup your insane opinions, like Michael Pachter can?

Burn him!
Posted 10:01 on 10 May 2012
BigBear14082's Avatar


And what do you know.......Are you a Rockstar employee, can you predict the future?? I don't think so!!!

(Edited for inappropriate language)
Posted 23:19 on 09 May 2012
Wido's Avatar


He does speak some utter b*ll*cks. GTA V won't be until 2013 at least!
Posted 19:30 on 09 May 2012

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Release Date: 18/11/2014
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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