June 5, 2007
GTA IV to be delayed, says Pachter
Michael Pachter’s not short on predictions for PS3 owners. The Wedbush Morgan analyst recently made predictions that we could see the Take Two published GTA IV delayed by a few weeks. “We believe that it is possible that the company will choose to ‘throw in the towel’ on financial year 07 by shifting the release date for Grand Theft Auto IV by a few weeks, increasing the losses incurred this year and improving the company’s prospects for financial year 08,” he said.
He also stated that a wait of two weeks would also provide a larger gap between Halo 3 and GTA IV, helping sales of both titles. He surmised that the collectors’ edition could go out ‘some weeks’ before the standard edition, to ‘maximise revenues.’
The idea of getting hardcore fans to pay more for exclusive access to a game seems to be popular this console generation, with Microsoft practicing a similar pricing structure on Gears of War downloadable maps. However, unlike the Gears of War extra maps, the collectors’ edition should come with a few extras to sweeten the deal. More news on this one as we get it.