GameStop not expecting GTAV in 2012

Company president Tony Bartel says 2012 outlook doesn't include Rockstar Games' new open-world action game.

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When will gamers get their hands on Grand Theft Auto V? Not in 2012, according to GameStop. In a question-and-answer session today that followed the company's latest earnings report, president Tony Bartel said GTAV is not factored into the retailer's 2012 forecast.

GameStop isn't betting on GTAV for 2012.
GameStop isn't betting on GTAV for 2012.

Bartel was responding to an analyst's question regarding which titles will drive the lion's share of revenue in 2012 for GameStop. Bartel listed off 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, a new Call of Duty game, and Prototype 2 as titles the company is "banking on" for 2012.

"In terms of GTAV, 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]."

Last week, Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said GTAV is likely to ship in March 2013. He said shipping the game in that window will be advantageous for Rockstar, because it is far from the releases of new entries in the Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty franchises.

As for GTAV, Rockstar revealed the game in October 2011, but no mention has yet been made concerning a launch window or platform(s) for the title. Last month, the developer said details regarding the game are months away.

Rockstar has provided brief glimpses at GTAV thus far. The game will be set primarily in present-day Los Santos, a fictional town modeled on Los Angeles. Rockstar has also said that GTAV boasts the largest scope of any installment in the franchise to date.

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