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GTA V not expected in 2012 by GameStop

GTA V not expected in 2012 by GameStop

Thu 22 Mar 2012 8:46pm GMT / 4:46pm EDT / 1:46pm PDT
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GameStop president Tony Bartel says GTA V is not factored into their 2012 forecast

Following the company's latest earnings report, GameStop president Tony Bartel has said that Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto V is not a part of the company's planned slate for 2012. Bartel listed Ghost Recon: Future Solider, FIFA 13, NCAA Football 13, Madden NFL 13, Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed III, Resident Evil 6, Max Payne 3, Call of Duty, and Protoype 2 as major titles for this year.

"In terms of GTA V, we don't have followed information that we can share at this point so we have not put that into our forecast. We would adjust our estimate if we had knowledge that GTA was coming out [in 2012]," he said.

This information dovetails with the launch estimates given by Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, who believes GTA V will hit retail in early 2013, and possibly arrive on Nintendo's Wii U as well.

[Via GameSpot]

7 Comments

Private Industry

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Somebody needs to tell that my local Gamestop that takes pre orderes for a September release. :)

I still hope to play it this year, in recent years Rockstar never started to show something that was more than a year away.

Posted:2 years ago

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James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz

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I could still see it coming out this year, perhaps with a special Wii U version for holiday season. That would certainly give Nintendo some fantastic launch ammunition! Then again, GTA games haven't typically launched for holiday, so we'll see.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Private Industry

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Actually GTA1 - GTA San Andreas usualy where released in October. Since GTA4 Rockstar used a April or May release for GTA4, RDR and LA Noire.

Posted:2 years ago

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James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz

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That's essentially what I meant, but I guess there's no reason why they couldn't just go with this holiday again. It will be super crowded as always with the next Call of Duty and others vying for entertainment dollars though.

Posted:2 years ago

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Private Industry

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I don`t really think it would cost either one of them really sales if they launch close to each other. They are different games. Last November you had CoD, AC, Skyrim and Uncharted 3 and all had very good sales outperforming the previous games in the series.

Posted:2 years ago

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James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz

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I agree in principal, but there are only so many $60 games people will buy at once, even during the holidays. So GTA and CoD are obviously very different and don't compete, but cash strapped gamers or parents may have to choose among AAA titles.

Posted:2 years ago

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Matthew Handrahan Staff Writer, GamesIndustry.biz

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That much is true, but if Rockstar chose to release GTA at the end of this year I really can't imagine it taking a significant hit in sales. It would certainly have a negative impact on the sales of other $60 titles, but, like COD, the brand is just too powerful.

That said, I'd be very surprised if GTA was released this year. I think Rockstar is contnet with 'owning' the April/May period. It's a boutique developer, so having a time of year associated with their products that's away from the rest of the industry makes sense.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Matthew Handrahan on 23rd March 2012 6:42am

Posted:2 years ago

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