Analyst: Next GTA possibly at E3

We’re now less than one month away from the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. That’s very exciting, but what’s even more exciting is the specific news that goes along with E3 such as this juicy prediction from Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) analyst Jesse Divnich.

“I think we’re going to hear about another Grand Theft Auto,” Divnich told Game Informer. “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.”

It sounds like Divnich hasn’t heard any info specifically about what will or won’t be shown but is basing his prediction off of when EEDAR expects the next GTA game to be released. If there really is a new GTA coming in 2011, it makes sense that Rockstar would show something at E3 2010.

When asked about any kind of exclusivity deal between Sony or Microsoft and Rockstar for the next GTA, Divnich said that it’s unlikely, mostly because Microsoft’s exclusive play at the GTA IV DLC did little to help Xbox sales.

“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.”