Grand Theft Auto V In October; Half Life 3 at E3?

E3 2012 is right around the corner, and the rumor ship is moving at warp speeds.

Many believe Grand Theft Auto V could be further unveiled with another trailer at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The timing makes sense, as it has already been several months since the first trailer was released. Rockstar has no booth at this year's expo, which is typical Rockstar, but it's not impossible they would independently release their trailer around the same time, or even have parent company THQ showcase it in their absence. GTA V is Rockstar's next released game, as Max Payne 3 was released on consoles earlier in May. One thing for certain, we should get more information about the game sooner than later.

The release date for the next GTA game is something that's been widely debated, but new information, including the delayed release of Ken Levine's Bioshock Infinite, has analysts thinking the game could be in our impatient hands as soon as next October. That would of course be fantastic, and would allow us to run over hookers through the holidays, which, in my book, makes for the best kind of holiday season. At the very least, a majority of analysts agree that the release could be no later than Q1 2013, in the worst case scenario.

Even though George thinks I'm insane, I have not lost hope of seeing Half-Life 3 announced at this year's E3. There's no smoke without a fire, and multiple clues keep appearing online about an imminent HL3 announcement/release. Of course, there's the fact that Gabe Newell "confirmed" there would be no new game announcement this year, but Gabe has been known to troll his fanbase before. Gabe's email reply read like this:

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"We are not announcing anything at E3. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3. We are going to be showing stuff everyone already knows about (CS:Go, Dota 2, 10' UI, ...)"

Chances are slim, but the timing makes too much sense to be ignored. Episode 2 was released more than 5 years ago, and Valve doesn't have much else going on that we know of, other than Counter-Strike: GO, which is being developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, and Dota 2. There's also the matter of the "huge top secret game reveal" no one expects to hear about teased by G4TV's Geoff Keighley. Could it be Half-Life 3? What else could it be, really?

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Matt Langdale's picture

I never got the impression that Infinite was pushed back due to GTA, it makes no sense. Not only do we know nothing about it, but Rockstar like spreading their titles out more. They've just released Max Payne 3, this fiscal year. It would make more sense for GTA V to be out next May, like every other Rockstar games over the past few years.

If anything, Infinite is likely being pushed back because of Borderlands 2 the month before.

Phil T's picture

the first GTA V trailer was released in November; at the time rumors were the game was almost done. It would make little sense to release a game 1.5 years after the first trailer release

Matt Langdale's picture

It would also make little sense to have zero gameplay footage, no more trailers and no more information at all released in the year leading up to it. I guess we'll see next week. If you're right, then I owe you a beer (metaphorically, that is).

George Prax's picture

Matt Bradley wrote:
I never got the impression that Infinite was pushed back due to GTA, it makes no sense. Not only do we know nothing about it, but Rockstar like spreading their titles out more. They've just released Max Payne 3, this fiscal year. It would make more sense for GTA V to be out next May, like every other Rockstar games over the past few years.

If anything, Infinite is likely being pushed back because of Borderlands 2 the month before.


It has nothing to do with Rockstar's year-end and everything to do with Take Two's. With Infinite pushed back, Take Two's year is going to be pretty lean and they actually increased their revenue projections. I don't think it was the ONLY reason Infinite was pushed back (Ken Levine probably needed more time), but the decision was probably easier if GTAV was almost done (which would make sense with such an advanced in-game trailer released in November).

George Prax's picture

Matt Bradley wrote:
It would also make little sense to have zero gameplay footage, no more trailers and no more information at all released in the year leading up to it. I guess we'll see next week. If you're right, then I owe you a beer (metaphorically, that is).


Well the trailer was rendered on a system, with in-game footage. that wasn't cinematics or CG.

Matt Langdale's picture

And it looked damn good.

Phil T's picture

It will be interesting to see if Rockstar does a gameplay video series for GTA V like they did for RDR, LA Noire and Max Payne