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?
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