GTA 6 could launch in 2023, analyst suggests

By Tom West,
Take-Two’s recently released financial guidance plans may have hinted at a potential 2023 release date for Grand Theft Auto 6, according to some industry analysts.

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The news comes via Axios (thanks, VGC), which spotted that Take-Two’s financial targets planned to see massive growth in its fiscal year 2024 (which ends on March 31st, 2024). The growth is forecast to raise the company’s compound annual growth rate through 2024 to a whopping 14%, which could be pointing at the potential release of GTA 6.

According to Cowen’s Doug Creutz, Take-Two has a habit of hinting at Grand Theft Auto release dates in its financial reports, with Grand Theft Auto V having its 2012 - 2013 release window showing up in much the same way. In fact, GTA V’s delay was also predicted in the same way when the financial guidance lowered its expectations until late 2013. Creutz told Axios that Take-Two’s guidance equates consumer spending to around $9 billion during that fiscal year, which points to “a likely GTA 6 launch in FY24.”

“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,” one Jefferies analyst said in a research note this week.

Industry insider Tom Henderson said in a YouTube video back in July 2021, that GTA 6 could be looking at a 2024 or 2025 launch window, partly due to Rockstar’s renewed focus on employee wellbeing. The information was later corroborated by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier in a Twitter post.

As with any and all speculation, it’s best to take everything with a pinch of salt until Rockstar officially comments on or announces its plans. Until then, we can look forward to the Grand Theft Auto V Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions, which are planned to release in March.

Thanks, The Wet Chef for the news tip!
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.