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GTA 5 release date before March 2013?

News on the GTA 5 front has been a little slow of late. Since those teasing screenshots a few weeks ago, we’ve had nothing new to go on.

Having said that, it could be argued that GTA 5 news has been slow all year – we don’t really know anything more about the game than we did when the trailer was released all those months ago.

That has never stopped the tech world rumour mill before though, and the speculation surrounding the upcoming Rockstar title has been rife for months.

Every inch of GTA 5 has been the subject of heated debate, from in-game mini games to who the protagonist will be.

Yet the thing we care most about is, of course, when the game will actually be launched. So what is the latest release date gossip?

GTA 5 before March 2013?

According to outspoken analyst Michael Pachter, the March 2013 release date that’s been floating around is actually a little late.

If there’s one person who likes the sound of his own voice a little too much, it’s Michael Pachter. But in this case, he makes a decent point. He said:

“Every GTA, except for one, has launched in October. I actually think the Rockstar guys would have preferred to launch this October.”

“Take Two is on the hook to deliver over a billion dollars in revenue. Their fiscal year ends March 31, so they pretty much have to bring the game out by March 31.”

GTA 5 release this year?

It’s a fair point; Take Two will have a lot riding on GTA 5, so could push for a February launch. But Pachter doesn’t stop there.

“I would say a March launch is more likely than May and knowing the Rockstar guys, I wouldn’t rule out a December 2012 launch,”

“You just don’t know with these guys, they could announce next week that GTA is coming out December 20, I think it would be stupid, but they could do it.”

It’s an interesting statement, though not one we’re entirely on board with. But with GTA 5 gracing the cover of gaming magazine Game Informer this December, the title could be here sooner rather than later.

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