Grand Theft Auto V could launch as early as October this year, following the delay of BioShock Infinite, says Webush Securities spokesman Michael Pachter.
Take-Two Interactive is the parent company of the publishers of BioShock Infinite (2K Games) and Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar). The delay leaves them with massive hole to fill this holiday season.
Take-Two's stock price dropped five percent this morning following the news that BioShock was delayed, leaving it with no major release in the lead up to Christmas.
"In our view, the delay opens the window for Grand Theft Auto V to be released in October 2012," said Pachter from a business perspective.
He believes that BioShock Infinite could have been ready this year if it needed to be, but was delayed when Rockstar "notified Take-Two that GTA V would be ready for October," and Irrational Games were happy to take a few extra months.
However, there's still significant doubt in the gaming industry, as Rockstar rarely publishes more than one game per year, and Max Payne 3 is out next week.
The last year in which they published several games was 2009, which included GTA: Chinatown Wars for DS, Beaterator for PSP and the DLC for GTA IV. However, none of those compare to the magnitude of Max Payne 3 and GTA V in the same year.
By Ben Salter