Following yesterday’s GTA 5 release date confirmation that revealed the game would be delayed, industry analysts have suggested that the new September 17 GTA 5 release date could result in the title hitting next-generation consoles.
Whilst the GTA 5 release date delays have caused much backlash from expectant consumers, Doug Creutz, an analyst with Cowen & Company has suggested that the reshuffled arrival could mean that publisher Take-Two Interactive “may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles.”
Speaking on the potential implications of the delayed September 17 GTA 5 release date, Creutz said: "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."
Whilst Creutz has suggested the delayed GTA 5 release date could see the eagerly awaited title hit next-gen consoles, earlier today Sony teased an upcoming PS4 release date, with a newly confirmed February 20 PlayStation event expected to see the Xbox 720 rival enter the realms of reality.
Although the GTA 5 release date has been confirmed only for the existing Xbox 360 and PS3, Rockstar has revealed that it is still addressing the possibilities of bringing the latest addition to the iconic Grand Theft Auto franchise to more platforms.
Claiming that “everything else is up for consideration,” Dan Houser, Vice President of Rockstar Games recently declared: “We are a third-party publisher. We're not Nintendo, we're not Sony, we're not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there's the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.”
He added: “If that's on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be. I think that's the fun in what we do. We see ourselves as a content company that uses technology. We don't make it; we use it to make the most fun stuff.”
Confirming the GTA 5 release date delays, developer Rockstar yesterday released a statement announcing: “Today, we have an official release date to share with you. Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.”
Apologising for the GTA 5 release date delays, the developer added: “We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time.
“GTA V is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.”
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