Rockstar sure knows how to build hype for its titles, releasing the first trailer for GTA V well over a year before it was ever going to release the actual game. A drip-drip of information since has both frustrated and fascinated fans of the series.
The developer finally revealed its plans for Grand Theft Auto 5 last week, revealing a Spring 2013 release. More information and a new trailer look set to be unveiled later this week.
Could this long gestation period and ramped-up hyperbole affect sales of the game once it does land in stores? Not a chance, at least according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich. He claims:
“The HD market is softening as we enter into the tail end of this generation, but fortunately this softening has had little impact on our precious AAA titles. In the case of GTA V, I have little concerns about when it is released.”
“GTA IV already proved to the market that even an April release, which has historically been avoided by the industry, can support a 20M+ title. Whether April, June, or even Winter, I’d expect GTA V to sell in upwards of 25M copies in its first 12 months.”
That’s a phenomenal figure. If Rockstar does manage to shift 25 million copies of GTA V within the space of 12 months then it will have rinsed the last big sales push out of this generation of consoles… making way for the new one and, well, Grand Theft Auto 6.