GTA 5 Release Date
Sean Gibson / Sep 26th, 2012 4 Comments
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Let’s take a look at some titles in Rockstar’s past to maybe see any sort of pattern for a GTA 5 Release Date. Grand Theft Auto III was released in October of 2001 (by the way one of our all-time favorite games ever) and GTA Vice City was released in January of 2004. Shortly after that, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released on June 6th, 2005. Grand Theft Auto IV was released in April of 2008, which came after a 6-month delay (sound familiar?). Max Payne was maybe the first ever game reviewed here at Gaming Illustrated, released back in July 25th, 2001. Max Payne 2 was released on October 15th, 2003 with the recently released Max Payne 3 hitting the shelves on May 15th, 2012. To fill out the franchise hat trick, Red Dead Redemption was releaed on May 18th, 2010. Adding up the releases we see:
- January: 1
- April: 1
- May: 2
- June: 1
- July: 1
- October: 2
- Never Released a GTA/MP/RDR Game in: February, March, August, September, November, December
What can we glean from this list? Simple – It would break Rockstar’s tradition completely to release this game in 2012 unless there’s some ridiculous quick release in October, which frankly isn’t going to happen considering the mass marketing and retail preparation needed. That next takes us to January, which again seems unlikely and a month that most experts are already ruling out. So, we’re looking at skipping February and March because Rockstar has never released a Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne or Red Dead Redemption game (yes, we know, just one of those if you don’t count Red Dead Revolver) in those months … taking us to a GTA 5 Release Date of… April or May of 2013. It’s a distinct possibly that April might be much too soon given the development scope of GTA 5 but considering the screenshots and the trailer, it looks like Rockstar has an evolved game on their hands that they are fine tuning. While the safe money should be on May of 2013, we shouldn’t rule out June or July as well. Either way we’ll be standing by and waiting to hear the official GTA 5 Release Date so we can count down the days for what looks like another great game (for mature gamers) from Rockstar Games.