GTA 5 to show at E3, predicts analyst

Rockstar possibly ready to show next GTA, but not in playable form

Rockstar could be gearing up to unleash the first glimpse of Grand Theft Auto V at next month's E3 show.

That's according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, who confidently predicts that the next GTA will show up in non-playable form in preparation for a 2011 release.

"I think we're going to hear about another Grand Theft Auto. I think there won't be any playable stuff. I think they'll give you some type of teaser, because we do think that a year from then in 2011 we're going to see another Grand Theft Auto," He told Game Informer.

GTA IV appeared on PS3, 360 and PC, although 360 held time exclusivity to the download expansions (The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony). Divnich went on to explain why he doubts there'll be any exclusivity next time around: "I don't foresee Microsoft or Sony attempting to obtain any type of exclusivity with the next Grand Theft Auto.

"Microsoft paid a lot of money for exclusivity on the downloadable content for GTA IV, which unfortunately did little to move consoles for Microsoft. Back in 2004, the Grand Theft Auto was a huge brand, but only relative to the other brands that existed at the time.

"While the GTA brand is certainly bigger now than it was five years ago, others have emerged to reach similar levels of success, such as Call of Duty or Guitar Hero. In other words, if Sony gets an exclusive deal on GTA V, it would do little to disrupt Microsoft's ability to move hardware, and vice versa."

This isn't the first time analysts have pointed to an imminent revealing for GTA 5, with Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey saying back in March that Rockstar is building up to a pre-E3 announcement.

[ SOURCE: Game Informer ]