This past Saturday, a piece surfaced that stated it would be a good idea for Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games to delay “Grand Theft Auto V” due to the monster amount of games that are all scheduled to be releasing around “GTA V.”
According to the piece that was reported on Saturday, “GTA V” should essentially be delayed due to a conflicting release timeframe with “Bioshock Infinite” and outside competition from other developers.
“March 2013 is already a busy month with a number of new games, which include ‘Fuse,’ ‘God of War: Ascension’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’
“This healthy competition could prove a double-edged sword for all the mentioned games above, including ‘GTA V’ and ‘BioShock Infinite.’ With ‘GTA V’ being the most anticipated game of 2013, Take-Two and Rockstar would like to have a clear path for its release.
“Rockstar Games has already confirmed [the] Spring 2013 release window for ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’
“Now considering the fact that the last ‘Grand Theft Auto’ game released at the end of April in Europe and North America, it only adds to the likelihood of April and May for a ‘GTA 5’ launch,” the report stated.
Now these are all valid points to bring up if the title being suggested for delay wasn’t “Grand Theft Auto V.”
This is not some middle of the road AAA title we are talking about here, it’s freaking “Grand Theft Auto.”
This franchise is quantitatively one of the most popular and successful in gaming history, and if anything, it is the games releasing around “GTA V” that should be worried about when they are debuting.
Analysts have predicted this title will sell millions of copies, with EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich throwing out a significant number.
“‘GTA IV’ already proved to the market that even an April release, which has historically been avoided by the industry, can support a 20M+ title. Whether April, June, or even Winter, I’d expect ‘GTA V’ to sell in upwards of 25M copies in its first 12 months,” Divnich said.
If “GTA V” even comes close to that number, it would easily qualify as one of the best selling games in history.
Another reason why “GTA V” should not be delayed, aside from the fact that it’s “GTA V,” is the longer any developer waits to debut a current generation title next year, the more difficult it will be to get attention for their game due to the overwhelming spotlight that will inevitably be placed on the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4’s expected arrival.
The opinion piece was not a bad one, and all of the reasons suggested are logical and fairly thought out, the only problem was the game of choice.
“Grand Theft Auto V” should not be weary, every other game releasing around it are the ones that should be scared.