Published on February 3rd, 2013 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor
Analyst Says that GTA V’s Delayed Release Suggests a PS4 Launch?
To the dismay of many gamers worldwide, Rockstar Games has recently announced that Grand Theft Auto V has been pushed back and delayed from its previous window of Spring 2013 to its new confirmed date of September 17.
Rockstar has cited that the game isn’t ready and that it needs more polishing up before its just right, but one analyst believes that this delay may in fact point to a potential release on Sony’s PlayStation 4 console.
Doug Creutz, an analyst who works for Cowen & Company, suggests that the new release date could mean that Take-Two Interactive (the game’s publisher) “may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles.”
Creutz goes on to expand upon the potential implications of the delayed release:
“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.”
This claim is somewhat countered by Sony’s recent announcement of a possible February 20 unveiling of the PS4 during their “See The Future” event…yet Rockstar’s own Vice President Dan Houser said the following in regards to bringing the franchise to new platforms:
“Everything… is up for consideration,” Houser begins.
“We are a third-party publisher. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.”
It would be interesting to see GTA V on next-gen consoles, however Creutz seems to have made the analysis before Sony’s announcement…but only time will tell if he’s right or wrong. Regardless, many fans are no-doubt upset over the delay, especially those who pre-purchased the game in full.
Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled for a release on September 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more information please visit the game’s official website.