‘GTA 6’ release date: Analysts suggest Take-Two may be hinting at major game launch in 2024
Hearing speculations about the “GTA 6” release window is nothing new. Most of the rumored launch time frames were based on alleged hidden clues in existing games and “GTA” trailers. This time, however, a financial guide provided by Take-Two Interactive has led analysts into predicting that a major game launch could be slated in 2024.
Take-Two, Rockstar Games’ parent company, announced earlier this week that it had acquired video game company Zynga. Following the announcement, Take-Two said, “the combined company is expected to deliver a 14% compound annual growth rate” in three fiscal year periods through 2024. While the acquisition of Zynga was one of the main factors for the growth projection, analysts believe that it may also be hinting at a massive launch from another Take-Two subsidiary.
An analyst from Jefferies told Axios Gaming, “There are only a handful of titles that can ... provide management with the confidence to put out such a strong guidance; we believe there is at least one Rockstar IP set to be released by FY24.” Cowen senior research analyst Doug Creutz was more particular, stating that the forecast could be suggesting the launch of “GTA 6” during Take-Two’s FY2024, which runs from April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024.
While the financial growth can be brought by other popular IPs owned by Take-Two, the analysts pointed out that this would not be the first time that a “GTA” launch is first hinted at by a financial target issued by the publisher. Creutz said a similar thing happened with the delayed launch of “GTA V” in 2013. “So yeah, there absolutely is precedent for putting a Rockstar game into #s before it’s officially dated (and then getting it wrong),” the analyst added.
“GTA 6” has been rumored to be in active development for years. However, Rockstar and Take-Two have yet to confirm it, and they have remained mum about the next installment’s release timeline. But that never stopped fans from looking for clues about the next game’s launch, gameplay features, and plot. More recently, fans believe the remastered “GTA” trilogy may have included a subtle clue that the sixth main series title would be set in Vice City.