Although Grand Theft Auto V does not have an official release date yet, speculation has been ramping up that the game will be coming out this October. The recent announcement that BioShock Infinite has been delayed till February suggests that it is leaving the holiday season clear for a reason. Wedbush analyst, Michael Pachter has picked up on the announcement, telling investors:
"In our view, the delay opens the window for Grand Theft Auto V to be released in October 2012 (Q3:13). We believe that October is the preferred release month for GTA V’s developer, Rockstar Games, as the studio has scheduled every prior GTA releases during that month (with GTA IV delayed to April 2008, due to bugs in the PS3 version)."
He continues in the note saying, "We speculate that once Rockstar Games notified Take-Two that GTA V would be ready by October, Take-Two gave Irrational Games the option to spend more time fine-tuning BioShock Infinite. Although we were confident that both games would sell millions of units when it appeared that they would be released in close proximity, we think that the delay will alleviate any wallet-share concerns and ensure that both games receive the undivided attention of Take-Two’s management and marketing teams,
and will ensure that retail support is optimized."
Of course all of this is speculation, but it makes a lot of sense when you consider that BioShock Infinite was already delayed from a targeted March 2012 release.