Did Rockstar wait too long to announce the port?
One of the most anticipated announcements that finally came to fruition this E3 was the long awaited next gen (and PC) port of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, which was released last year, and has since sold in excess of 30 million units worldwide. And while you would expect all that anticipation to translate to some solid sales numbers, research firm Cowen and Company is now claiming that pre-orders for the next gen versions are slowing down; as a result, they are revising their projections for the sales of the next gen versions of the game from 10 million downwards.
Why might this be happening? Well, it’s simply possible that Rockstar waited far too long to announce the existence of the next generation versions, and that most people who were interested in the game already bought it on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and aren’t exactly interested in double dipping so soon. In fact, judging by the insane sales the game saw, it’s quite possible that this is the case.
It is also possible that these numbers mean absolutely nothing- remember, it’s just an analysis based on projections. It’s highly likely the game releases and does very well. And honestly even if it does sell ‘only’ 10 million units, so what? Most new games don’t manage as much. Honestly, this is likely to be a successful venture for Rockstar, no matter what.