Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is not likely to see a release until May 2013.
Overnight Take 2 had their investor meeting where financials are the subject du jour, and whilst Borderlands 2 was mentioned in full, GTA V was only really discussed in terms of development and the start of some marketing – you’ll no doubt fondly remember the hotly discussed screenshots that are starting to trickle out.
The company’s Dan Emerson did talk about delayed games (presumably Bioshock Infinite, which has seen at least one recent postponement) but GTA V was the only game that wasn’t discussed in terms of a release date, which suggests that it’s not likely to be coming out before the end of April 2013, this financial year. There’s little chance of a 2012 release, anyway.
GTA IV saw a few delays, most famously one just before it was originally meant to be coming out, so chances are either Take 2 are wanting to avoid a similar story this time or – just as likely – Rockstar’s long running development on the game is proving difficult to judge.
Whenever it releases, GTA V will be massive, but the longer it goes until release, the more it’ll be squaring up against the ongoing next generation of consoles…