Being an analyst carries an incredibly heavy responsibility – what you say could actually be gospel truth for some. Some analysts tend to say very little, but when they do, they are absolutely spot on. This time around, we have games industry analyst Michael Pachter who claims that the long awaited GTA 5 game will be released before March 2013. His came to this speculation based on the recent GameInformer announcement that GTA 5 is scheduled for an appearance on November’s cover issue, hence leading him to put his money on a release date sometime before Q1 2013 is over.
When Pachter was interviewed, he said, “Every GTA, except for one, has launched in October.I actually think the Rockstar guys would have preferred to launch [GTA 5] this October. I don’t know that they are going to try and get in the way of BioShock Infinite, which is a February launch, Rockstar probably aren’t even aware BioShock is coming out, nor do they care. Take Two is on the hook to deliver over a billion dollars in revenue. Their fiscal year, ends March 31, so they pretty much have to bring the game out by March 31. I would say a March launch is more likely than May and knowing the Rockstar guys, I wouldn’t rule out a December  launch. You just don’t know with these guys, they could announce next week that GTA is coming out December 20, I think it would be stupid, but they could do it.”
What do you think of Pachter’s observation? Is it in line with what you have in mind, or do you think that there will be a different release date overall?
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