Who’s afraid of the big bad GTA V?

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Grand Theft Auto V is releasing worldwide on the 17th of September 2013 and with it being one of the biggest games in the gaming industry it comes as no surprise that absolutely no one is releasing on the same day. The only big games releasing anywhere near it seems to be the annualised sports titles.

Here is a list of titles that I can find releasing in September as well; I’m using the American release date but the titles stay the same pretty much worldwide with a small variance on dates.

3rd September Release Date

This one surprised me as Rayman is quite a well known title and it is surprising that it feels it can release in September; however to be fair Ubisoft are releasing it 14 days before so it’s a fair enough gap. Two other titles releasing on the 3rd are Total Rome II (PC) and Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate (PS3)

[update] How did I forget Diablo 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360 also releasing on this date

10th September Release Date

The next week sees the release of Young Justice: Legacy (Xbox 360, PC and PS3) along with NHL 14, Puppeteer (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts HD: Remix (PS3) Sports titles I understand but the other three are playing with fire here.

17th September Release Date

And D-Day itself, obviously GTA V releases on this date and nothing else… oh wait there is one. Yes ladies and gentlemen we have the insanely overly-confident MechWarrior Online going toe-to-toe with the juggernaut that is Grand Theft Auto.

What’s even more surprising is that MechWarrior has been in open beta for nearly a year already so why they decided to lose their first big marketing battle is beyond me.

24 September Release Date

And the following week sees the release of FIFA 14 which I don’t think will be overly affected by the GTA V release as it really is a totally different market. Granted their first week sales may be lower but by Christmas I don’t expect you will notice any difference over last years sales.

So that’s that, do you think MechWarrior’s marketers have lost their minds or do you think the fact that it already has over a million people playing the beta means that it is immune to the GTA effect?

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