Publisher delays 'XCOM' to 2013, fueling 'Grand Theft Auto V' rumors
Video game publisher Take Two has delayed its alien invasion shooter XCOM well into next year, while at the same time predicting a huge rise in predicted earnings, supporting speculation that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in 2012.
At the same time as announcing XCOM's delay, Take Two also raised its annual revenue forecast to between $1.75 and $1.85 billion.
That's up from $825m in the fiscal year just finished (April 2011 - March 2012) and an increase over the $1.13bn the year before.
On the slate between now and then are seven multiplayer content packs for the newly released Max Payne 3, off-world shooter Borderlands 2 in September, and both sports title NBA 2K12 and strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in October.
Finally, BioShock Infinite had already been budged from October to February 2013.
Though all five titles due before then have the potential to make a significant impact, neither one is nailed on to crush 2010's Red Dead Redemption-driven performance to the tune of $600m.
Asked where the surplus would come from, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick alluded to "titles yet to be announced for Fiscal 2013" -- the period between April 2012 and March 2013 -- and those could include Grand Theft Auto V, which does not yet have a date attached.
Even so, a fall 2012 target date for Grand Theft Auto's Rockstar Games wouldn't prevent GTA V being delayed to May 2013 if needed, just as Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV had been moved back beforehand.