One gaming industry analyst has suggested that Rockstar will not release Grand Theft Auto V this year. The next entry in the famous third-person series was revealed at the close of 2011. Rockstar has not given up an expected release date for the game. Press, fans and analysts, however, have been quick to point towards the holiday season of this year.
Analyst group Sterne Agee suggests, instead, that Rockstar and Take-Two will launch Grand Theft Auto V in early 2013. They go on to claim that the game will, in their eyes, possibly be made for the Wii U.
One of the most exciting potential development features for the Wii U, as far as I’m concerned, is the possibility it brings for a clean experience on the television screen. Take the vibrant and immersive world of Grand Theft Auto; now, place all HUD elements on the Wii U’s tablet screen, including a large map. The result is an uninterrupted game world experience on the TV, and a spread view of mechanical pieces on the controller itself.
Obviously, it would take more refining than a simple suggestion, but the potential for more immersive, uninterrupted experiences excites me.
I’m no analyst, but I personally do think that Rockstar has picked May as its month to release big games. Starting with Red Dead Redemption almost two years ago, Rockstar will have released their last three major titles during the month of May. Both L.A. Noire and Red Dead enjoyed tremendous commercial success. If the company has found a great window for launch, they’ll probably stick with it. I could easily see Rockstar dropping Grand Theft Auto V in May of 2013.
Of course, until Rockstar and Take-Two decide to clarify the platforms and launch dates planned for Grand Theft Auto V, this is all nothing more than conjecture and guesswork.