Take-Two enthusiasm points to GTA V Xmas release

Take-Two reckons its financial 2013 will be one of its ‘best year ever’, hinting at a Christmas release for Grand Theft Auto V.

The parent of GTA publisher Rockstar Games has just reported a drop in profits for its fiscal Q3 ending December 31st, but is confident its next financial year beginning April 1st 2012 and ending March 31st 2013 will be much stronger for the firm.

Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said: Fiscal 2013 is expected to be one of our best years ever, with substantial revenue growth and non-GAAP net income in excess of $2 per diluted share. We are well positioned to continue to deliver growth and profitability over the long-term."

The company has several big releases due out in its fiscal 2013, including Max Payne 3 in May, Spec Ops: The Line in autumn, XCOM: Enemy Unknown also in autumn and BioShock Infinite later this year. Plus, there’s Borderlands 2 and the other XCOM game out in Take-Two’s fiscal 2013.

Then, of course, there’s Grand Theft Auto V. The next game in Take-Two’s 100m-selling franchise. Although its release date is listed as TBC, Zelnick’s enthusiasm for a strong year hints it will arrive during its fiscal 2013. And a fiscal Q3 release would make sense given the even stronger demand for boxed games at Christmas.

Take-Two is also the parent firm of BioShock publisher 2K Games.

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