Analyst: No Grand Theft Auto V until 2012

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Grand Theft Auto V won’t arrive until at least 2012 according to Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey.

According to GameSpot, the analyst says that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in Take Two’s financial year 2012 which runs from April 2012 until March 2013. Yes, that mean’s if Hickey is correct, we might not see seeing Grand Theft Auto V until almost the middle of 2013.

However, he believes that despite the possibly no new Grand Theft Auto game being released, Take Two will remain profitable during the 2011 fiscal year because of releases including Max Payne 3, LA Noire and Duke Nukem Forever

The Janco analyst also predicts that Grand Theft Auto V will be a massive success selling over 16 million copies and generating $750 million in sales.  He also suggests that Bioshock  Infinite will arrive in the same fiscal year, and that the first person shooter will sell over 4 million units and generate $182 million.

One of the main reasons Hickey expects the big sales numbers is increased ownership of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, suggesting 41 million units will be in American homes by the end of this year.

It’s not the first time an analyst has made predictions about Grand Theft Auto V, with one suggesting we’d see it at E3 earlier this year. That didn’t happen.

So Train2Game, do you agree with the analyst? Are you expecting to wait at least another 18 months before seeing Grand Theft Auto V? And do you think it’ll really sell that many more copies than Bioshock Infinite?

As usual, you can leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

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