No GTA 5 at E3 – Release Date now 2013?

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I have some sad news. GTA 5 has not featured at E3 2012 and that does not bode well for the game being released this year. In fact, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter thinks the same thing and let investors know in a note recently released to investors:

There was no announcement of Grand Theft Auto V at the show, making a pre-holiday release less likely.

You just might get to know the release date itself by November this year though, with Pachter commenting further:

Company management confirmed that it would most likely notify retailers of a GTA release 3 – 4 months prior to launch, suggesting that a GTA release date announcement is virtually certain to occur by November.

Given the Take Two’s financial year end is 31 March 2013, there is a pretty good chance that it will be released before then (as covered previously)… giving us a possible release window of 3 months from 1 January 2013.

That said, Rockstar does like to do things a little differently, and a lot of people are not the slightest bit surprised GTA 5 didn’t feature at E3. Still, if we’re going to see it released this year, Rockstar must surely have a rather large announcement planned for some time soon.

What do you think?

Trevor Phillips
Founder of GTA BOOM, Trevor has been a long-time fan of the GTA series but probably isn’t quite as hardcore a gamer as you’d think. When he isn’t tweaking the content on GTA BOOM, you’ll find him working on the server or making other improvements to hopefully make the site better. Other than that, Trevor enjoys getting outside in the sunshine!


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  1. Playing Sleeping Dogs has been kind of like playing a demo of GTA 5. Sleeping Dogs is so close to GTA 4, but it has IMMENSE graphics. It even has a Batman Arkham city style martial arts combat system. The voice acting is SPOT on, the plot is amazing so far. I literally cant put it down. I know im talking about Sleeping Dogs and not GTA 5, but if you are waiting for GTA 5 and cant wait anymore, GET SLEEPING DOGS! Even if for nothing else, get it for the combat system! GTA 5 needs to have more then just a kick and a punch button, sleeping dogs is close on their heels!

    P.S to Doug Fackler; Damn Watch Dogs looks SO GOOD! but its release date is Q2 2013, more then likely AFTER gta 5.