September 17 release date puts it in close proximity to the new platforms, thus impacting lifetime sales.
Grand Theft Auto 5 could be released on the next generation of consoles – the PS4 and next Xbox – in an effort to offset the probable hit on lifetime sales the game can achieve on current systems, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has said.
In a research note, Creutz wrote: "In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results.
"However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA's stature will still be a major seller regardless.
"We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this."
Yesterday Rockstar shocked the gaming world – and may have been responsible for taking Twitter offline – by announcing a four month delay for GTA 5.
Creutz's comments don't suggest we'll see a next generation GTA 5 release immediately - a spruced up version in spring 2014 wouldn't be a bad move on Rockstar's part.