We haven’t even managed to get confirmation of a PC release of Grand Theft Auto 5 yet from developers Rockstar Games, but that hasn’t stopped one games industry analyst making next-gen predictions for the franchise. According to analyst Colin Sebastian of Robert W. Baird, Rockstar Games’ record-breaking sequel will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.
In a note to investors, Sebastian stated that a next-gen remake would “help extend the value of the franchise.”
As reported earlier, GTA 5 is already smashing sales records in the UK, and is well on the way to becoming one of, if not, the most successful entertainment properties of all time.
“We are now modeling 13-14 million units shipped in F2Q. We believe there is still potential upside to our targets,” Sebastian continued.
“However, given the possibility that sales of GTA are front-loaded, we will await further sales data before adjusting our expectations further.”
Could GTA 5 for the PS4 and Xbox One happen? Perhaps eventually – San Andreas eventually turned up as a digital download for the current generation of consoles despite being a PS2-era title, so the precedent is there. The question really is will it be worth Rockstar’s time and effort – launching late in this console cycle has afforded Rockstar the opportunity of pitching to a giant, eager fanbase, while the new consoles are uncharted waters without an installed customer base yet. Even if the user numbers of the next-gen consoles reach those of the current-gen in timely fashion, how many existing GTA 5 owners would be up for double-dipping?
By Gerald Lynch | September 19th, 2013