With all of the hype surrounding GTA V lately, we can all speculate on when we think the game will be released. But rather than just guess a date without any supporting facts, we got an idea to go back and find out how long it took various GTA titles to be released after they were officially announced.
We considered all major GTA title releases starting with Grand Theft Auto III. After finding the exact date on which each game was first announced (official press release/trailer/screenshot/interview) we calculated how many days passed until it was released in North America. Here is what we found:
Both of the major franchise titles, GTA III and GTA IV, took just about a year between the official confirmation and the actual release. Expansions and DLCs have a shorter cycle, with the exception of The Lost and Damned which was delayed by Take-Two.
So, what does that mean for GTA V? Well, 291 days have already passed since the release of the trailer when the game was officially confirmed by Rockstar. A release date between October 1 – November 25th 2012, would put GTA V’s cycle anywhere between 343 – 398 days, well inline with the other major titles in the franchise and Rockstar’s development cycle. Any delays beyond that, and we are looking closer at a 500 day cycle, which would be a first in the history of the franchise.
There you have it, based on our findings above, we predict that GTA V will be released this year and just in time for the holidays.Anton Zlygostev posted 9 months ago, about Grand Theft Auto V.