“Grand Theft Auto V” was released for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in September 2013. The popular game reached other platforms in the following years. But what the community has been waiting for for eight years now is the next part of the series. Alleged leaks that point to the “GTA 6” release should point out. The developer studio Take 2 Interactive now provides the first clear clue.
“GTA 6” release already in 2023?
On Monday, the company’s executives announced that its annual growth rate is expected to increase to as much as 14 percent over the next two years. Analysts infer from this statement that the studio has to plan something big. In the past, Take 2 had already let the intended release of blockbusters from Rockstar Games shine through in this way. The “GTA 6” release in 2023 or ’24 would therefore be conceivable.
“There are only a handful of titles that […] give management the confidence to make such a strong forecast,” Axios quoted an unnamed analyst at US investment bank Jefferies as saying. “We believe that at least one Rockstar IP will be available by FY24 [Geschäftsjahr 2024] will be published.” This financial or fiscal year runs from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
Doug Creutz, managing director and senior research analyst at investment bank Cowen, translates the studio’s forecast. According to him, a growth rate of 14 percent speaks for around nine billion US dollars in bookings. He also believes in “a probable market launch of ‘GTA 6’ in FY24”.
“GTA 5” as a precedent
The announcement of the Take 2 lead is one of the few references to the “GTA 6” release that actually makes sense. Similarly, the developer had also pointed to the previous part of the “Grand Theft Auto” series with its financial goals published in 2011. At the time, the company pointed to increased growth between April 2012 and March 2013. The game was released in late 2013.
“So there’s definitely precedent for making a Rockstar game [in Aussicht stellt]before it’s officially dated (and then gets it wrong),” according to Creutz.