Suggesting that the next Grand Theft Auto instalment will launch on the PS4 “eventually,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has claimed that, despite being set to hit PS3 and Xbox 360 console’s ahead of the PS4’s arrival, a GTA 5 PS4 release will not be available when the next-gen console hits retailers.
Speaking on when eager gamers will be able to snap up a GTA 5 PS4 release, Pachter predicted: “Eventually. Not at launch.”
Expanding on his predication, and suggesting Rockstar is not developing fast enough to hit the PS4 launch window, the Wedbush analyst added: “If you go back to the PlayStation 3 E3, the 06 E3, they showed Red Dead Redemption. What year did that bad boy come out? 2010.
“It only took four years, and it was shown, it was shown during a launch event. So that’s about the pace I think Rockstar is on.”
Taking an underhand dig at the developer, Pachter added: “I think Rockstar will have a game before the PS5.”
With a PS3 and Xbox 360 GTA 5 release date have recently been confirmed for September 17, some months after its previously listed ‘spring 2013’ arrival, the eagerly awaited addition to the GTA franchise looks set to hit retailers just weeks ahead of the confirmed “holiday 2013” PS4 release date.
Far from the first time a GTA 5 PS4 release has been mooted, previous predictions have also suggested that the title will not be available for the PS4 when the next-gen gamer first hits retailers, with Rockstar and parent company Take-Two said to “have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles.”
Speaking following the GTA 5 release date confirmation, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz stated: "In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results.”
He added: "However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA's stature will still be a major seller regardless.
"We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this."
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