Analyst Believes GTA V Won’t Arrive Until Late 2012 at the Earliest

September 8, 2011 Written by Alex Osborn

With Rockstar currently hard at work on the upcoming Max Payne 3, which is expected to arrive sometime during March of next year, it is unlikely that we’ll see the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series for some time.

According to analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Company, publisher Take-Two will likely want to hold off on releasing GTA V in an effort to distance the title from the latest installment in the Max Payne franchise. So Creutz has come to the conclusion that gamers likely won’t see another Grand Theft Auto until the holiday season next year at best.

Here’s what he had to say in an investor’s note:

With the announcement, we are increasingly convinced that we will not see the next Grand Theft Auto title until (at least) holiday 2012.

We doubt that Rockstar would launch two of its titles in close proximity to each other given the studio’s elaborate marketing campaigns and the likelihood that GTA could cannibalize sales from MP3 if launched in late spring.

Sounds reasonable enough, but how long can you wait until the next GTA comes out?