Without a doubt one of the biggest stories we ran this week here at Softpedia was the official release period given to Grand Theft Auto V by its developer, Rockstar Games.
In trademark Rockstar fashion, however, the studio offered only a loose spring of 2013 time slot, so it’s still unclear just when the long awaited open world experience will make its debut onto the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.
However, thanks to a few hints and judging by previous experiences with Rockstar, it’s a pretty safe bet that GTA V will come out in either April or May of 2013.
This theory is backed up by quite a few facts, chief among which being the pretty strong hint
dropped by Rockstar’s publishing partner – Take-Two Interactive – which claimed that its revenue for the 2014 fiscal year will be bolstered heavily by GTA V.
For those who aren’t familiar with business talk, Take-Two expects to make a lot of money in the 2014 fiscal year, which starts on April 1, 2013.
Besides this pretty obvious hint, Rockstar has manifested a fondness for April and May, releasing most of its recent games during those two months.
Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and Max Payne 3 all came out in May so there’s a pretty big chance that GTA V will follow this trend.
However, don’t forget that the previous game in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA IV, came out in April, so don’t count the month out just yet.
While both April and May aren’t as attractive as October or November, as the latter are quite close to the winter holiday season, they’re situated right before summer, when not a lot of big games will come out. As such, if Rockstar deploys GTA V at that moment, it’s going to be the most talked about title throughout summer and probably well into fall.
This is just speculation and, given GTA V’s importance, you can expect plenty of new rumors and reports to appear until we get an actual release date from Rockstar.