‘Grand Theft Auto V’ March Release Looking Increasingly Unlikely, Analyst Says

Ever since Rockstar Games first announced Grand Theft Auto V a year ago now, the company hasn’t had a whole lot to say. A few new screenshots were recently released to keep consumers (and investors) happy, but there’s been nothing in the way of new information.

Despite all of the silence it was expected that Grand Theft Auto V would be in the hands of gamers by around March of next year, but Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said, as reported by GameSpot, that the firm is “increasingly concerned” that Grand Theft Auto V could end up missing that March 2013 release date.

“By no means am I convinced that it will miss March, but there are a couple of factors to consider. One, we haven’t heard anything definitive from the company on release timing,” Sebastian said.

“Second, retailers typically would want 4-6 months lead time to prepare for a launch as large as GTA, and from [what] I understand they haven’t heard anything. Third, Rockstar rightly prioritizes game quality over release date, and this dynamic could shift timing.”

Last we heard about Grand Theft Auto V was from a Take Two call with investors, in which the company said that “substantial” progress was being made. Last month, industry analyst Michael Pachter figured that a release date could be announced by November.

Grand Theft Auto V is easily one of the most anticipated games in the pipeline at the moment, so hopefully Rockstar won’t keep a lid on Grand Theft Auto V for too much longer.