Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V is set to release in two weeks, but the upcoming launch has got more than video game fans excited as Take-Two Interactive’s stocks have climbed as investors anticipate a successful release for the open-world crime title. The Wall Street Journal revealed on Sept 1 that Take-Two shares have nearly doubled in the past year as shareholders expect the company’s stock to benefit from the release of GTA 5.
Take-Two Interactive is the publisher for the Grand Theft Auto franchise as well as the parent company to the series’ developer, Rockstar Games. While the company’s stock is expected to rise and drop throughout the coming months, The Wall Street Journal reports that shares are expected to increase another 30% throughout the course of the next year and the launch of Grand Theft Auto V is the sole reason cited for this boon.
Grand Theft Auto V releases on Sept 17 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. For the first time in the series’ history, fans will take control of three protagonists rather than one. Players will be able to choose which of the three they control and can switch between them both inside and outside of missions as they work to pull off of series of heist robberies throughout the fictional state of San Andreas with the trio.
Starting on Oct 1, owners of GTA 5 will also receive a free title update which patches access to GTA Online into the game. The ambitious multiplayer mode for the title will allow gamers to play with others as they take on new missions and activities in a constantly expanding online world.