GTA 6 May Not Release by March 2025, Take-Two Revenue Forecast Suggests

The company's latest projection for fiscal 2025 comes at "a little above $7 billion (roughly Rs. 58,105 crore) for net bookings."

GTA 6 May Not Release by March 2025, Take-Two Revenue Forecast Suggests

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Grand Theft Auto VI is set to arrive sometime in 2025

  • Grand Theft Auto VI was revealed in December last year
  • Rockstar Games parent Take-Two reduced its earnings outlook for FY 2025
  • GTA 6 will be set in the fictional state of Leonida, based on US' Miami

Take-Two Interactive Software forecast fourth-quarter bookings below market expectations and cut its annual estimates on Thursday, on signs of weak demand for its gaming titles such as NBA 2K, sending its shares plunging 10 percent after the bell.

Lower consumer spending and stiff competition from players such as Electronic Arts and Microsoft-owned Activision Blizzard are hurting the video game publisher.

Take-Two forecast fourth-quarter bookings in the range of $1.27 billion (roughly Rs. 10,542 crore) to $1.32 billion (roughly Rs. 10,957 crore), compared with analysts' expectations of $1.51 billion (roughly Rs. 12,534 crore), according to LSEG data.

It also cut its projection for full-year bookings to a range of $5.25 billion (roughly Rs. 43,578 crore) to $5.30 billion (roughly Rs. 43,993 crore) from its earlier forecast of $5.45 billion (roughly Rs. 45,239 crore) to $5.55 billion (roughly Rs. 46,069 crore).

"The forecast cut is almost entirely attributable to the shift of a game out of the fiscal year, so no real impact on the company's long-term prospects", said Wedbush securities analyst Michael Pachter.

But the company's latest projection of "a little above $7 billion (roughly Rs. 58,105 crore) for net bookings" for fiscal 2025, after its last year's downwardly revised forecast of under $8 billion (roughly Rs. 66,406 crore) dashed investors' hopes.

They were expecting a boost from Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto VI, the latest installment of the best-selling franchise that is set for a 2025 release.

"The reduction in outlook tells you it's (Grand Theft Auto VI) not coming next fiscal year," Pachter added.

Third-quarter hit

Take-Two's net bookings fell 3 percent to $1.34 billion (roughly Rs. 11,122 crore) in the third quarter, in line with analysts' estimates.

The solid performance of games such as GTA Online and the Red Dead Redemption series was partially offset by softness in mobile advertising and sales of NBA 2K, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 71 cents per share compared with estimates of 72 cents.

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