GTA V release date from hit and miss analyst

By Alan Ng - Oct 18, 2012

After some recent GTA V screenshot teasing from Rockstar, things have suddenly turned stale again with no updates or news from Rockstar on when a highly anticipated GTA 5 release date will be announced.

It seems like the entire gaming universe is waiting for the big announcement, with Rockstar seemingly happy enough to keep everyone waiting further until they are finally ready to give the news that everyone wants to hear.

Meanwhile, the speculation from gaming analysts and other corners of the industry continues to grow and this week we have heard some new release date predictions from the infamous ‘hit and miss’ analyst otherwise known as Michael Pachter. He’s become popular for dishing out release predictions in the past, although it has to be said that they don’t always come true.

He usually dishes the dirt during episodes of GameTrailers TV, but this time he has let slip a few words about GTA V when speaking to NowGamer. In his opinion, he believes that Rockstar now has a four month release window to launch GTA 5 before the end of March 2013.

He added that a March launch is much more likely than a May launch, with the fiscal year ending on March 31st as a deadline for the game releasing. He also mentioned that Rockstar are unlikely to be phased with the release of Bioshock Infinite, which is on course for release at the end of February next year – another game which is overseen by Take-Two don’t forget.

With just a few months to go before Christmas, have you now ruled out all possibility of the game releasing before the end of the year? The Game Informer cover story has generated all new interest in the game, but what happens if the game comes out after Pachter’s prediction – is this simply too long for a game that has only had one trailer shown in 2011?

Either way, we hope that this is one prediction from Pachter that comes true, as we don’t mind waiting until March if Rockstar is still busy adding content to the game. Do you tend to believe launch predictions from gaming analysts or not?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

Also See: GTA Online Halloween update 2017 with Vigilante price

  • ken

    I dont believe this.. if you look on the website on gta you can clearly see basically every gta has been released in the month of October!

  • Gta fan

    Its almost been a year since the first trailer. I think they should do another trailer on the same day the first one came out.

  • Nico

    Very excited for this new gta!

  • In some strange way I hope R* leave it until the last possible moment to release GTAV, don’t get me wrong I cannot wait for this game, but I also remember the downfall of GTAIV was that they rushed to finish and ended up cutting huge amounts out because it simply wasn’t up to the high R* standards. Please R* take your time I don’t want another map surrounded by water, with loads of vehicles missing like IV. I suspect R* share this view, it would explain why they haven’t announced a release date yet because they don’t want to be bound by a completion date.

    • Eionel Jessi

      Rockstar did not cut anything (of significance) from IV. Please keep in mind that IV was their first foray into the current console generation with a free roam game, and they succeeded in producing one of the best games in the last decade. That is not debatable.

      GTA V will see numerous improvements, more vehicles, a larger map and more variety not because Rockstar took more time on it, but because they are now familiar with the hardware and learnt a great deal from IV and Red Dead.

  • giggity

    your best bet is to assume it will release in the window between 22nd of NOV 2012 – 20th of MAR 2013. that is the smartest time for R* to launch it. i doubt they would be stupid enough to launch it any later (from a financial P.O.V, the would lose a lot) and it can’t be any earlier (there simply would be not enough advertising time)

  • themainman

    hahaha so so so wrong the game will be released on the 13th of april 2013 i know from importers.

  • Remember, The release date depends on the excutive decision of Rockstar, They have to target the best selling season to sell. and compare with the current video games that cameout. such as Mafia II and Saint row 3rd. its all business, Rockstar dont care about their fans. I still like their games thought.

  • Respect to rock star for not being like everyone else showing pictures and d videos a year before the release. Gta 5 is gonna get the best first day ssales probably of any game this generation, and this pre/diction is old news, everyone knows rock star has predicted profits it won’t meet unless they release gta before the end of the fiscal year. Moot.

  • The-Looneys

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. These guys are just fooling with us, they are going to pull some BS where they are going to say that GTAV is going to be released for the next gen consoles and that for now they are only releasing some episode to hold us off.

  • bolly

    So because they are going to show it to a mag it means it is fully finnished dose it? i dont think so somehow the main gubins of the game probably is but they could still be bug fixing or adding/changing side missions/activities and nobody would know this even if you see or even play the game as it is now. Analysts are just like us just voicing their opinions based on their knowledge and what has happened in the past. The fact that they are showing or talking about it to mags just tells me that they are now starting the promotional stage and will now start giving more and more info until the release.

    • dude game is done…it just needs advertisement…since 2008 R* is making this game and u think that still the game is not complete??LOLWHAT dude?

      • Dan

        You really think that Rockstar needs to ADVERTISE Grand Theft Auto 5, the single biggest release in PS3 history? One announcement on any gaming site, magazine, or TV show in the world and within ten minutes the entire Internet will be inundated with posts clarifying the release date.

        That is not to say I’m disputing that the game isn’t finished. I’m sure it is, but Rockstar don’t need four months to advertise a game that will break sales records on its first day.

      • bolly

        If it was finnished totally it would be released next month (gta 3 was november) poss december. Trust me they will at least be bug fixing still, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain cell.

        • bolly

          and before you say what has gta 3 got to do with it, nothing is the answer but games from alot of publishers are released during the same time as their other previous titles ie COD.

        • bolly

          Oh and gta4 would have been november too if it was not delayed due to ps3 bugs. (and no i am not an xbox fanboy i dont own one i own a ps3 and play some games on pc too).

  • Tim

    Alan Ng, Rockstar is not busy adding content to the game anymore. Haven’t you heard yet? A demo of the game has already been shown to Game Informer, and GTAV is going to be December’s cover for Game Informer. Now why the hell would they show a demo whey are still adding content to the game? Oh…because they’re NOT….I noticed you didn’t even mention December’s GI cover, where have you been the last few days? Under a rock?

    • Tim

      Simply GoOgle this info if you don’t believe.

    • Tim

      You mention GI, but you don’t say anything about it being the December cover. Just a link.

  • Wow way to stay on top of the latest breaking news. I read this yesterday morning.

  • cc

    I am not sure we should call Pachter an Analyst. I honestly believe Pachter writes release dates on a pin board, then blindfolds himself and plays pin the release date. From an investment perspective, I would have a better shot at Roulette than trusting this guy. You lose credibility and look pathetic when you are consistently wrong.

    • giggity

      the 1 dislike this comment got was from Michael Pachter lol

  • bolly

    I think March or even May is fine for a release date. November is very near, dont be surprised to see another (hopefully larger) trailer released on 2nd November poss with release date, poss not lol