Analyst Pegs GTA V For October
Grand Theft Auto V is definitely coming October 23; not only that, but Rockstar Games will likely make the announcement the day before E3 2012, and still roll like a Boss and not make even a cursory appearance at this year’s trade show.
Did I grab your attention? Good, because none of that has any basis in fact. They are the predictions of Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, who made them during a GTTV announcement of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. “They’ve outgrown the show. I think they’re way too cool to go,” he said, regarding his belief that Rockstar won’t be at E3. “My read on those guys is they like stealing the thunder from everything else. So if I had to bet, I’d say you’d get an announcement on GTA V the day before E3 starts, that’d be Monday, June 4. they don’t show up and that’s all anybody can do is talk about GTA V at the show .” He then said that Rockstar will be releasing the game October 23, and that he doesn’t think they care about BioShock Infinite. So… yeah, he’s just basically talking a lot.
Pachter’s bloviating might be grounded in reality, kind of. Recently, a Rockstar employee’s CV listed October, 2012 as the game’s release window (before being removed, of course). But are we really supposed to believe they don’t care about BioShock Infinite? I get the need to have something to say about GTA V; in the nearly 6 months since the first official announcement, Rockstar has been ridiculously tight-lipped about it. Aside from that first trailer and initial PR statements, they have maddeningly refused to confirm any further details about what is sure to be the best selling game of its year. In the vacuum, our readers wondered if the trailer contained an easter egg suggesting a May, 2012 release date, and analysts have generally preferred to predict a 2013 release date.
Yes, Rockstar needs to throw us all a bone, and fast. I hope we hear something soon. But I’m getting a bit tired of speculation masquerading as analysis (except from Game Front readers, who are typically pretty good at it). While we wait for Rockstar to decide whether or not to get off the pot, let’s leave the speculation to the experts.