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GTA 5 Release Date 'Has To Be Before March 31' - Pachter

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GTA 5's release date has yet to be confirmed, but analyst Michael Pachter believes he knows exactly when GTA 5 is coming out.

Published on Oct 17, 2012

GTA 5 will be released next March according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.

After reports surrounding Game Informer’s December cover confirmed a fresh GTA 5 reveal, perhaps with a release date, Pachter, speaking exclusively to NowGamer, has revealed his belief that Rockstar will release GTA 5 in March next year.

“Every GTA, except for one, has launched in October,” continued Pachter. “I actually think the Rockstar guys would have preferred to launch [GTA 5] this October. I don’t know that they are going to try and get in the way of BioShock Infinite, which is a February launch, Rockstar probably aren’t even aware BioShock is coming out, nor do they care. Take Two is on the hook to deliver over a billion dollars in revenue.”

“Their fiscal year, ends March 31, so they pretty much have to bring the game out by March 31,” explained Pachter. “I would say a March launch is more likely than May and knowing the Rockstar guys, I wouldn’t rule out a December [2012] launch. You just don’t know with these guys, they could announce next week that GTA is coming out December 20, I think it would be stupid, but they could do it.”

Rockstar's last three games have all launched in May.

“With GTA, I honestly think the Rockstar guys could bring it out before Christmas if they wanted to and they could announce next week that it’s coming out December 9, and then the Game Informer cover would get a lot of publicity, but my guess is that it’s coming out March. That’s probably an accurate release date and that gives them four full months to promote it.”

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