Leading analyst predicts ‘GTA V’ will come to PS4 & Xbox One in 2014
Rockstar Games’ megastar console contender Grand Theft Auto V has conquered the charts and is dominating sales within the video game sphere.
In just three days, Rockstar pulled off an impressive heist of their own by earning over $1 billion in sales in the last three days since GTA V‘s launch, making it one of the most successful product launches in history.
According to predictions made Colin Sebastian, a leading industry analyst at the firm Robert W. Baird, Rockstar will expand their ultra-popular juggernaut into the next-gen realm.
In a recent note to investors, Sebastian made predictions that saw Rockstar introducing GTA V to both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 sometime in 2014, and claimed that the move would have many benefits including to ”help extend the value of the franchise.”
Sebastian’s credibility was established when the analyst predicted that Rockstar would make over a billion dollars in sales in the first month of GTA V sales–a feat that the company established in an incredible three days. Nevertheless, Sebastian’s foresight was apt in this case, and we may see an official next-gen announcement sometime in the next coming months for Grand Theft Auto V.
Recent evidence found in GTA V‘s leaked code further supports a next-gen release, as there were multiple instances where PS4 and PC config files were found.
Additionally multiple UK retailers have listed PC versions of GTA V, possibly leaking a holiday release window for the port.
During it’s launch on Sept. 17, the highly anticipated release racked up over $800 million in sales and has since raised a staggering $1 billion plus for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive.
Sebastian called GTA V‘s launch the “largest entertainment property launch in history.”
“We are now modeling 13-14 million units shipped in F2Q. We believe there is still potential upside to our targets,” he said. “However, given the possibility that sales of GTA are front-loaded, we will await further sales data before adjusting our expectations further.”
Rockstar Games will have their work cut out for them with GTA Online–the game’s expansive free multiplayer mode that introduces a plethora of content–releases on Oct. 1, as the studio plans to integrate a smattering of content to keep the GTA V experience fresh and new for all gamers.