Grand Theft Auto 5 is without any shadow of doubt going to arrive as the most high-impact and important video game launch of 2013. However, at least one analyst has already gone one step further to predict the success of GTA 5 for the long-term following its release date, projecting 18 million unit sales for Rockstar during its first fiscal year.
According to Arvind Bhatia of Stern Agee, GTA 5 will rake in a good $230 million in operating profit between its September release date and March 2014. The projections are however largely based on previous performance and the hypothetical profitability of GTA 5, meaning that the eventual figures could be considerably higher.
After an ongoing period of silence punctuated by the odd teaser here and there, Rockstar games spoke out recently to confirm that the GTA 5 release date had been pushed back to September 17th – most had been expecting it to launch in March. The news immediately triggered a wave of conspiracy theories from the rumor-mill which centered around Rockstar’s decision to hold back GTA being attributed to the expected fall launch of the Microsoft Xbox 720 and the Sony PlayStation 4.
However, Rockstar responded with an official statement quashing any and all such notions, insisting that the delay was simply a necessary means by which to make GTA 5 as flawless and rich as possible, eliminating any remaining bugs.
Preorder have already begun all over the world for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of GTA 5, though there has yet been no mention of when or of the game will be coming to the usual PC platform.
Something that clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed, with a petition having now collated well over 150,000 names from those pretty much demanding a PC version of GTA 5 – ideally without the usual additional wait of several months.