Michael Pachter (industry analyst): “[I think Rockstar] really need to get their act together. Using the same engine, and they will have been in development five years at year-end.
I think they would like to launch 23 October, its preferred launch window, but maybe they will avoid Call Of Duty and slip to next year. May 2013 would be an inexcusably long development cycle, but anything is possible with the Rockstar team.”
Chris Phillips (founder of TheGTAPlace.com): “I’m happy to wait longer if it means a better game in the end. My initial thinking was that Rockstar would revert back to the October release cycle, so October 2012. A date before this may be possible but not likely in my opinion. If not October, I think April/May 2013 would be a safe bet.”
Richard Wilson (CEO, TIGA): “I expect GTA V to be released in 2012 and to be a huge success. GTA IV and Call Of Duty have set high barriers in terms of sales and quality. The team behind GTA are extraordinarily talented, though, so we can expect records to be broken!”
Official Microsoft representative: “I’m afraid we can’t comment. With the game being so early in development and many aspects having not been discussed yet, it feels like it would be speculative at best.”
Andy McIlwain (founder of GTANet.com): “We think they revealed the trailer earlier than they normally would have for the benefit of Max Payne 3. There’s still been no hint of when the first GTA V preview will arrive. Once we know that, add six months and that will be our release date.