With the recently announced delay of “GTA 5” until September of this year, there have been a large number of debates that have sparked in regards to how this delay will affect the performance of “GTA 5.” Discovered in an article by by CVG on yesterday, a video game analyst for Cowen & Company, named Doug Creutz, is speculating that Rockstar may have plans to release this title in some form on next generation consoles, this being the Xbox 720 and PS4.
It is expected that both the Xbox 720 and PS4 will be released by the holiday season of this year. It is currently estimated that Sony will be revealing their PS4 at a PlayStation event that is scheduled for Feb. 20. With the release of “GTA 5” being placed around the launch of the Xbox 720 and PS4, it is suspected that there will be a link between these events. "In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results.”
"However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA's stature will still be a major seller regardless.”
"We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this."
For those interested, you can view a few screenshots taken from “GTA 5” in the slideshow above this article.