With the release window for Grand Theft Auto V firmly secured for a spring release on current gen consoles and PC, analysts are already chiming in on what they expect from the biggest game of 2013 and to no one's surprise, estimates are set pretty high for Rockstar's number one franchise.
Arvind Bhatia, CFA and Brett Strauser from Sterne Agee expect Rockstar to ship 13.5 million units of Grand Theft Auto V during the March quarter and that the game itself will manage an impressive 18 through 20 million lifetime unit sales. That's just behind GTA IV which has 22 million lifetime sales and GTA: San Andreas, which has a massive lifetime total sales of 27 million, according to Kotaku.
However, if GTA V is anything like GTA: SA with all the mini-games, sidequests, customization and RPG-like features, I can easily see the game hitting the 30 million mark.
Earlier today Rockstar confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V would officially launch in the spring of 2013.
Given that most other Rockstar games usually ship between March and May, we can expect Grand Theft Auto V either sometime in April, just like Grand Theft Auto IV or in May, just like Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3.
If I were a betting man, I'd say Rockstar is aiming for a May release given that it's usually devoid of any stiff competition from other big name titles and they get some extra loving from E3, which takes place just a month later.
Not much is known about GTA V at the moment, but that all changes next week when Rockstar throws out nearly 18 pages worth of detailed information in a Game Informer exclusive. We'll be sure to have all the details for you when they become available.