Speaking to GameInformer, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) analyst Jesse Divnich reckons we’ll be seeing a brand new Grand Theft Auto at E3 next month.
“I think we’re going to hear about another Grand Theft Auto. I think there won’t be any playable stuff. I think they’ll give you some type of teaser, because we do think that a year from then in 2011 we’re going to see another Grand Theft Auto.”
Hardly crystal ball material, the pet moth we appear to have granted access to the bathroom would have predicted almost exactly the same thing. Divnich thinks we won’t get any exclusivity issues this time around, though, analysis that escaped my flying bug.
“I don’t foresee Microsoft or Sony attempting to obtain any type of exclusivity with the next Grand Theft Auto. Microsoft paid a lot of money for exclusivity on the downloadable content for GTA IV, which unfortunately did little to move consoles for Microsoft.”
“Back in 2004, the Grand Theft Auto was a huge brand, but only relative to the other brands that existed at the time. While the GTA brand is certainly bigger now than it was five years ago, others have emerged to reach similar levels of success, such as Call of Duty or Guitar Hero.”
“In other words, if Sony gets an exclusive deal on GTA V, it would do little to disrupt Microsoft’s ability to move hardware, and vice versa.”