Analyst: GTA V could miss March 2013

Robert W. Baird industry watcher Colin Sebastian "increasingly concerned" Rockstar's upcoming open-world game may miss projected early 2013 release window.

Rockstar Games has yet to announce a release date for its much-hyped Grand Theft Auto V, but according to one analyst's projections, the open-world game is possibly in danger of arriving after March 2013.

GTA V by March 2013? Maybe not, says Sebastian.

In a note sent to investors, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the firm is "increasingly concerned" that GTA V may miss its projected March 2013 release window. Speaking to GameSpot, Sebastian said there are numerous reasons for these concerns.

"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," he said. "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."

When GTA V does launch, it stands to be a hit, Sebastian claims. He believes the game will ship 12-14 million units during its first three months. Just yesterday, Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said development on GTA V remains ongoing at a healthy clip.

"Grand Theft Auto V is in full development and is making substantial progress," Zelnick said during Take-Two Interactive's 2012 annual shareholder meeting.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Zoomer30
Zoomer30

The man did not know how right he was :(

Sept 17 2013

aniemouse
aniemouse

Rockstar rightly prioritizes game quality over release date, and this dynamic could shift timing."      <----- this

analgrin
analgrin

This will probably be the last game I buy on PS3, even then its only because the PC version wont be out for a further 10 months or so like every other GTA game.

 

dem5000
dem5000

I am just alway amazed at how well this organization keeps secrets.  How do they do that????

xedgorex
xedgorex

these guys should know our finals dates!! I dont want to fail my semester

terrynoel
terrynoel

gta v is taking too long to release

pacificb0y
pacificb0y

i read on wiki that gta 5 has not yet been confirmed for the  PC. it will appear on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and i am really dissapointed as there is no news from gta guys that wether or not they will launch the game for pc  

shansss123
shansss123

Rockstar should've given us some more info by now especially release date..... Not good rockstar

Tikiman2002
Tikiman2002

Why do analysts keep placing GTA5's release date anywhere BUT May? The last several Rockstar games have targeted May (or late April) as a release date. If I were blindly guessing, I think I'd follow that pattern.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

If the delay means that it'll be released without the Games for Windows Live crap and makes the Rockstar Club account and launcher completely optional, then please delay it for as long as it takes you to get that done, because I'm not even considering buying before that is patched out.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Who cares? i'll care when i'll hear something from Rockstar themselves, this whole time calculations seems pathetic to me

 

I just hope they release this for PC..

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'd prefer for Rockstar to take their time. As long as it comes out in 2013, I'm good. It isn't like I won't have other games to play to keep me satisfied until it releases.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Looking forward to this coming out. Dont mind when it comes out though. would be a great launch title for the new XBOX and PS4 but im sure it will be for the current consoles.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

Please Rockstar, bring it to the WiiU so we can all be happy!

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Unless GTA 5 does something it has never done before, I doubt it is a "hit" as predicted. The game has only evolved in graphics. Everything else is relatively the same. 

airshocker
airshocker

I guess Rockstar better crack the whip on it's employees. Treat them even worse than they have in the past!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Analyist says blah, blah, blah. Means nothing until we hear it from Rockstar themselves. Either way, I will have plenty to play while I wait for GTAV.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Just make it good and I can wait another year......All I want is a polished game with no serious flaws and I will be happy, until you can produce that....for the love of god, take your time!!!

 

jhawk
jhawk

I know people like to rip on the industry's so-called "analysts" (and believe me, I do too), but I actually think Sebastian could be right here. Remember, IV was delayed, and like he says, Rockstar is a company that prioritizes quality over release date.  Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised 1 bit if they delayed it to tweak and polish it.  And hey, if the overall quality of the game is better because of a delay, then I say go for it Rockstar, take all the time that's needed and not release something that's a buggy mess.

The_Gump
The_Gump

Any time I see an article start with "Analyst", I don't read it.  Though I do chuckle at the word "anal" a bit.  And yes, I JUST came here to post that.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

People spend too much time chasing hype trails... enjoy the present, forget next year until it arrives.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

These articles always make me laugh.  Rockstar games are well known for being of very high quality.  I've never see their customers complain about a game being 'late' or 'taking too long to make' etc, the disgruntled gamer buzz just isn't there.

 

Rockstar never gave us a release date either, so really the customers who weren't angry in the first place, still aren't angry.

 

AND YET!

 

Gamespot believes this is worthy of an article.  Not only that, they base the article on someone's predictions about a date that was only a prediction in the first place.  Not to mention, Gamespot tries to make it seem worse than it is (Read: Title: "Colin Sebastian "increasingly concerned" Rockstar's upcoming open-world game may miss projected early 2013 release window.") and yet is quoted to have said, "By no means am I convinced that it will miss March...-Colin Sebastian".  

 

So, WTF is up with that, Gamespot?  Do you really think your readers have that low of an IQ?  

garrett2526
garrett2526

I have no problem if they make it better then gta 4 because that lack the love all out fun of vice city and san andreas

 

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things  lol.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

Not as bad as the Mass Effect 3 ending.

emperiox
emperiox

OMG SCREW YOU ROCKSTAR THIS IS CRAP OMG I WAS GONNA PREORDER IT.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Expect a release date soon. Late October is the end/beginning of a Rockstar fiscal quarter, and those times of the year are usually when they do things like drop information/trailers and release games or DLC.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

You know I find it funny that its Analysts trying to tell you a release date, and not Rockstar... I'll just wait until Rockstars says something to even start to get excited...

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

How the fuck do these analysts get their jobs? This is what he says:

 

GTA V might miss March date because:

1.) No expressed release date

(well no shit, we could have looked that up on Wikipedia)

2.) Retailers haven't heard anything

(and? The March date was only a prediction, so the fact that retailers have heard nothing was to be expected)

3.) Rockstar prioritizes quality over quantity

(wtf, I could have told you that for free.)

 

 

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

if it misses the march prediction, better for us....there are 2 many games already packed from now until march. it would be awesome to see a summer release

kordy6
kordy6

better late than sleeping dogs!!!

Cube_Girl
Cube_Girl

No problem, there's plenty of games coming to keep my busy until GTA5 releases. I think Rockstar always does great work, so I don't mind waiting.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Hope it's a bit more like Red Dead Redemption, less like GTA4.

RPGisTHEbest
RPGisTHEbest

 @dem5000 idk but since rockstar seems to be the only company puting out nothing less than amazing games, i i hope they dont change anything they do.

aniemouse
aniemouse

 @pacificb0y um get a snickers bar if your waiting on the PC ver.  your probably not going anywhere for a while

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

 @Metallicwolf29 Every GTA since 3 has been the same thing except a few features added and better graphics. Every GTA has brought in ungodly sums on money and consistently more sales.

 

Different areas, bigger zones, more cars, more features, better graphics, and better gameplay. This is what people want and this is what Rockstar delivers on. People don't want a completely revamped game. They don't want a reboot of the series with radically changed gameplay. They want the same basic GTA they've loved all these years.Madden and CoD have a new game every year and consistantly obliterate the sales charts. What makes you think that a game with 5~ years of time in between releases is going to not be a hit because it isn't a reboot.

Kag359six
Kag359six

 @Metallicwolf29

 you say that like its a bad thing. And they have done a lot of improvements with gta 4. A whole new physics engine changed gameplay. The story mode had multiple directions giving players choices. Thats a pretty big step. Plus, even if GTA 5 doesnt change much from GTA 4, its not going to change the launch sales anyways. Just look at Call of Duty.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

 @jhawk 

 

How can it be delayed if a release date has NEVER been announced? The only ones who have put a release window for the game are the analysts and gaming news, so in affect all he is saying is that "we were wrong" in a way that tries to put it off on Rockstar. 

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

 @Landsharkk The analyst are just worried that the prediction that they made will be wayyyy to off.....like normal, I just think they wanted to be close this time!   lol

mrklorox
mrklorox

I'd like to add that late April/early May is the end of another quarter. If they stick to their usual pattern of releasing things around the end/beginning of fiscal quarters, then NO DUH. March is like a month too early.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Dudeinator 

 

I also like this.

 

1) Title: Colin Sebastian "increasingly concerned" Rockstar's upcoming open-world game may miss projected early 2013 release window.

 

and then in the article: "By no means am I convinced that it will miss March,... - Colin Sebastian"

 

This guy bases his prediction on a prediction and then contradicts his own prediction within his new prediction.  Yes, that was a serious sentence.

 

 

GeneralTrouble
GeneralTrouble

 @dlCHIEF58 

 

Ha Ha Ha 100% right. Ooooh an analyst said something, quick, panic.

Even if Rockstar gave a date and then put it back I wouldn't care. They'll release the game when it's good and ready. That's usually good enough for 99% of gamers but only 1% of analysts 

emperiox
emperiox

 @ydnarrewop Well I was joking about being mad...but this is still a pretty big letdown : /

 

dem5000
dem5000

The next article will say that he is concerned that his last concern should not have caused him to be concerned.  All media will do just about anything to post a news article about GTA.....

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

 @Landsharkk  @Dudeinator 

lol, I know... I read the headline... I go to read the story... Went back to the headline again after reading the part, of which you highlighted?? Finally, I read it again... check if I am reading things correctly there!? ...and I am!

 

So where is the story in relation to the headline exactly?

 

It's yet another "No News Headline?"

Bonkers!