We’ve spent a long time waiting for the announcement that GTA V will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and/or PC. There have been plenty of rumors and random retail listings, but nothing concrete. Well, if Rockstar is going to announce it, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be at E3.
Rockstar doesn’t usually go to E3, but as pointed out by gaming site Rockstarturk, Take-Two Interactive is going to be there. Now, Take-Two is responsible for many more series besides Grand Theft Auto, but don’t forget all the rumors that place a PS4/X1/PC release in the middle of June. Some even marked out June 13 as the release date, and what would be more dramatic than for Take-Two to announce that the game is not only on its way, but will be available immediately after E3?
Then there’s the mysterious game Rockstar will release for the PS4 and Xbox One before March 2015.
We have just over two weeks to wait until E3. If GTA V isn’t announced for more systems then, we’ll be back to the waiting game.
Update: we have since confirmed that the headset DOES NOT come with the bundle. It must be purchased separately and is only listed on the bundle box as an additional accessory. We think it’s pretty deceptive packaging.
Sony just had their press conference at E3 and kicked some serious butt with the Playstation 4. That’s not all though; also revealed was a GTA V PS3 bundle.
Included in the package is a 500 GB PS3, a copy of the game, a 30 day Playstation Plus trial membership and a custom GTA V Pulse – Elite Edition headset. You also get a “custom audio mode” for GTA 5, which is meant to take full advantage of the headset (read: more bass – crashes, explosions, bullet-fire, etc). The custom audio mode can be downloaded from free via the Pulse – Elite Manager App.
The bundle will retail for US$299 and will be available from the get-go when GTA 5 ships on 17 September.
Further to our post just a few days ago that while GTA V may be at E3 in some form (like a pretty basic promotion in a Take-Two booth) there will be no major announcements about it (such as a PC or next-gen version), Rockstar Games has officially confirmed the same.
No way will there be any Grand Theft Auto 5 news at E3 without Rockstar being present. So if you’re holding your breath for that much anticipated (however extremely unlikely) PS4/Xbox One/PC announcement, or any other news about GTA 5 really, don’t!
Here’s what’s happened in the last few days. Someone noticed this page at the E3 Insider website (which is an official website, by the way – it is linked to from the main E3 website) which says that Take-Two games is bringing Grand Theft Auto V to E3 this year.
This has surprised everyone since just last month, during its FY13 financial results briefing, Take-Two (parent company of Rockstar Games) said, “this year our labels will not have a booth on the [E3] show floor.” Equally surprising is the listing for a PC version of the game – “Platform: PC Xbox 360 PS3″. Does this mean that a PC version of GTA 5 will be announced at E3 in a few days?
We think it’s safe to say that there will be some sort of “Grand Theft Auto presence” at E3. Whether any new information will be released however is another question entirely. For example, Take-Two might just have a simple GTA 5 booth with pre-order and collector’s edition information. Just because GTA will be at E3 in some form does not mean that any new announcements will be made.
Furthermore, announcing a PC version of the game would make absolutely no sense with only 105 days left to the release either. Rockstar have remained tight lipped on the PC issue (effectively saying they have no PC plans), so why break their silence with something so massive and also take the shine off the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game (which, coincidentally, it has recently been heavily promoting the collector’s editions and preorders for). It makes absolutely no sense. For this reason we think that the inclusion of a “PC” label on the E3 Insider listing for the game is most likely a mistake (they happen – Amazon Germany of all places has been saying GTA 5 is coming to PC for weeks).
Either way, all this is purely (and we think, reasonable) speculation. We will be glued to E3 to see exactly what does happen! It kicks off June 11.
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?
E3 2012 has begun and even though Grand Theft Auto 5 hasn’t even been officially mentioned there, in any capacity whatsoever, GTA 5 related news and rumors are popping up everywhere all over the net. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the more interesting pieces:
Tesco Leaked GTA 5 Release Date
I am posting this more as warning of what NOT to believe. Tesco (a UK based store) currently has GTA 5 listed with a release date of 28 December 2012. Not only does releasing the game after Christmas (if you’re gonna do it around that period at all) make zero sense, but as if Tesco would be the ones in the know with the rest of us in the dark… Credibility factor: none. Continue reading