Doug Creutz, an analyst with Cowen & Company, has suggested that Grand Theft Auto V may be released on next-generation consoles in wake of the crime romp’s recent delay.
Writing in a research note (via CVG), Creutz offered that GTA V’s sales may take a hit on current systems due to its release being in close proximity to the anticipated launch of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles.
"In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results," said the analyst.
"However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA's stature will still be a major seller regardless.”
"We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this."
GTA V was originally scheduled to ship in spring 2013 on PS3 and Xbox 360, though Rockstar yesterday announced it would instead be released worldwide on September 17.
As for the next batch of hardware, both Sony and Microsoft are expected to reveal new platforms this year, with PS4 rumored to show its face as early as February 20. Both systems are expected to launch in late 2013.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details.