By now, just about everyone who follows gaming has heard about "Grand Theft Auto V" being delayed until September of this year, but this does not bode well for the Rockstar title.
Let's be clear about one thing, "Grand Theft Auto V" is not bigger than the next-generation of consoles from both Microsoft and Sony.
Assuming either of the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4 release this coming November or December, "Grand Theft Auto V" can say goodbye to some of the attention and spotlight the game would've had if it would have released before E3.
The amount of distraction that will be going on during this time frame is going to be outrageous. That distraction will not be the good type of disruption that "GTA" wants.
With all the build-up that has been going on during these past few years for the next Xbox and PlayStation, it's tough to see "GTA V," which is still a current generation title, garner a major number of sales like they would've if it released this spring.
Some of you may be thinking, "well it's only a few months difference," but what will happen in between those months is going to shake the gaming industry to its foundation.
Yes "Grand Theft Auto" is one of the biggest franchises in gaming, but these are once in every ten year consoles that "GTA" will be going up against.
This is not "Epic Mickey 2."
Rockstar blew this one. Yes it's important to have a polished game, and have a game that is worthy of your reputation, but they should've used the years they've been working on this title better.
Hell, if there was even a remote chance this game was not going to launch before E3 2013, they should've just said screw current generation systems, let's go with next-generation systems and port it to older systems. That would make a lot more people want the game and those systems.
After E3 of this year, it's going to be difficult for titles hitting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to seem relevant, unless the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 are not ready for a release anytime this year.
Regardless of how invincible you think this game is, delaying "Grand Theft Auto V" until this coming September is a move that will ultimately injure the game's overall performance.
Do you think Rockstar Games knows a little something about when next-generation consoles are going to be released, and that is why they are willing to push the game back to September?