Analyst: ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′ Could Sell Up to 14 Million Units at Launch

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Grand Theft Auto 5 2013 Release

If you’re like us, you’re probably chomping at the bit to find out what Rockstar Games has up its sleeve for Grand Theft Auto 5. Expectations have never been higher for Rockstar, and with the positive reception of previous titles like LA Noire and Max Payne 3, chances are that wave of success will continue with GTA 5.

Arvind Bhatia, an analyst for Sterne Agee, expects that will be the case, with a whopping 14 million copies to be sold at launch – providing $700 million in revenue for Take Two. Back in 2008, analysts predicted that Grand Theft Auto 4 would sell up to 9 million copies within the first month, and they weren’t too far off the mark. It shattered industry records, selling 6 million copies in the first week alone, so it’s not too difficult to believe that the latest installment could do even better.

While those numbers are all fine and good for Take Two and Rockstar Games, what does that mean for eager fans waiting to get their hands on the hotly anticipated title? Bhatia further commented that GTA 5 will almost certainly be released before the end of Take Two’s fiscal year: March 31st, 2013.

This makes sense when put into perspective with regards to release dates for the Wii U and Halo 4, both of which are coming up later this year. Rather than compete, it seems Rockstar would do better to wait it out and fine-tune their flagship product. While it’s anyone’s guess as to when the game will be launched, signs are good that we won’t have to wait very long.

Ranters: Do you agree with Bhatia’s estimates? Is it likely that GTA 5 will break sales records, even topping GTA 4‘s achievements?

Grand Theft Auto 5 has yet to receive a firm release date, but is expected to arrive on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC.

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Source: Gamespot

TAGS: Grand Theft Auto 5, PC, PS3, Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive

  • Paulcardo

    Wow!! I think they can beat that!

  • Matt

    14 million? Definitely do-able for one of the most anticipated titles right now.

  • Greg

    I don’t understand what the appeal is for these games ? I tried the last one and it was fed ex quests, some more fed ex quest, escort quest, fed ex quests, fed ex quest etc. insert crude, sarcastic dialogue with wannabe badasses & you have GTA.

    The game was crap. So will this one.

    • Matt

      First, what do you mean by FedEx quests? FedEx isn’t in any Grand Theft Auto game. Second, GTA is awesome! The appeal of the franchise is open world violence and mayhem. You can kill civilians with RPGs, blast armored police vehicles with tanks, outrun the cops in a faux Lamborghini. If violence isn’t for you, then GTA isn’t for you. GTA IV had a great story, by the way.

      • Greg

        What is a fed ex quest ? What does Fed Ex do ? They deliver things from point A to point B. 99% of the quests involve having to get something or deliver it from point A to point B. It gets very boring fast. What storyline I saw did not keep me interested at all. The game was a nice 20 dollar trade in though for something better.

        • Matt

          99%? There are “FedEx” quests, escort missions, trailing missions, assassinations, gunfights, races, evade missions, picture-taking missions, etc. There are more gunfights than “FedEx” quests. Actually, there are relatively few “FedEx” quests.

  • Graverobber

    I can’t wait for Gta, I know this game is going to give exellent quality that no other game out there can provide. My only worry is the next installment goes to both 360 and 720/PS4 because that means I have to buy two copies other then that this game is going to be awesome.

    • Matt

      Why would you have to buy 2 copies? If you’re going to get a PS4 or Xbox 720, and GTA V is going to release for current gen and next gen consoles, why wouldn’t you just buy it for PS4 or Xbox 720? I don’t why you would buy it for both gen consoles.

      • Gabeler

        I’m guessing because few of his friends may own that new console as soon as he does. I can see where he’s coming from.

  • LunoYoryiki

    ….hopefully this one wont disappoint like the last one did……

    • Matt

      How did GTA IV disappoint?

  • TedDead

    Wow, thank you for the brilliant analyses, Mr. Obvious.

  • D

    GTA4 Sucked Balls.Not excited for this. Rock star Forgot about “Fun”

    • Matt

      How did GTA 4 suck balls?

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