Who’s afraid of the big bad GTA V? 
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Gavin Mannion
August 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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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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  • HvR

    Does it really matter that much for game releases?

    I know for movies the first 2 weeks of ticket sales are very important o the competition does matter but I do not see if it matter for a game if you but in the first week of release of the 2nd month.

    But cool synopsis of what is in store for us over the next month.

  • ElimiNathan

    Burn Mechwarrior Burn!

    • Kromas

      System overheating. Shutdown Initiated.

  • Martin du preez

    Niggly, Are you having a stroke?

  • Hammersteyn

    Mechwarrior Online is slow and clunky. Play Hawken if you want fast paced action.

  • Lourens Jordaan

    Looks like someone wants this to have the most comments… Niggly is probably Gavin in disguise.

    • ElimiNathan

      Haha doubt it seeing as Gavin just removed all his “comments”

      • Lourens Jordaan

        ooooooooh snap. I liked that guy. A bit of a twit but he felt that there was nothing else to say but for the ramblings of a mongoose having a stroke. He was probably a illiterate surrender monkey.

  • Hammersteyn

    @154c662676f13a4ad8fd4bcea4f43f97:disqus

  • InsanityFlea

    That will be the x360 & ps3 release I take it? Hopefully Pawnstars will confirm a PC release.

    • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

      yes.. not other platform has been announced yet

      • InsanityFlea

        I really wanted RDR on pc too, I hope GTA V makes it. I have RDR on the 360, it could’ve been so much more ‘shiner’ on PC.

    • ElimiNathan

      Dude I’m just going all in and going for the Xbox 360 version on release day. Not gna wait

  • I am John’s smirking revenge

    Seems like a Saints Row/GTA day today

    • TiMsTeR1033

      I swear maybe I should join the dark side and get saints row 3…. But my loyality is with GTA saints row 2 I traded in for being not good enough, car physics were beyond crap. and I wasnt impressed. So Maybe I should be silly and atleast get saints row 3 to try. But gta5 first :)

  • Tbone187

    it’s a good move…There’s always space for those that ride against the tide.. :)
    I reckon there’s too many alternatives these days to be too concerned about GTA…Lets see if there is more to the game than just these silly novelty features like sporting activities and so on…

  • joeutdmk

    when i think 17th september i think GTA V any other game thinking of releasing on that day are complete idiots i have 2 week off work starting 17th sep and i will be charging at the postman like chop the rottweiler to get my pre order collectors edition of this game postman beware

  • Marc O Polo

    Lazygamer.net at the moment

  • nananadt

    At short term as gaming devs nobody wants to launch near the GTA V release but a long term Nintendo and their Wii U as a company is almost pissing in their pants,taking as a fact that is going to be a huge success,or it seems so.

  • funny sauce

    ahahaha do the creators of mechwarrior think there really good enough to beat gtav ill give them a qlue. no they are not if not real mainstream companies dare to release on the same day as gtav does a glitchy little internet game stand a real chance? HELL NO!!!

    • PsychoPigeon

      You stupid fuck. They would have made that release date a long time ago, you think game companies look at all other games coming out and delay their game? No it doesn’t work like that, only the uninformed noob views it as competition.

      • Brian Murphy

        Wow…does your mother know you’re using the computer? Don’t flip the bitch switch. It’s actually quite common for games companies to stagger releases, and to push them back or forward to give them separation from huge releases.

        Developers have done this for GTA, and CoD, to name just two of the biggest releases.

  • yes man

    MechWarrior Online is a PC game… GTA V is only released on peasant consoles so nobody in PC gaming world really cares :) we are waiting for the superior PC version… until then- its MWO time

  • Jonathan

    Mechwarrior Online is a Free to Play title which has been open to the public for about 10 months now. Unlike box titles like GTA V, Mechwarrior Online’s fortunes will not be reliant on the day it comes out. Instead, it seems like their strategy is to slowly build up a base over time.

    I almost suspect that they chose September 17th specifically because they didn’t want everyone rushing in on day 1. The game still has some key features that are coming in the coming months so they may be trying to avoid the limelight for now.

  • Theo Steenekamp

    wut?

  • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

    no idea… second person blacklisted I guess

  • Lourens Jordaan

    It’s a denial of service attack. lol

  • Hammersteyn

    Who was the first?

  • Spathi

    Well, if the gets posted, I’m still fine.

    Edit: Success!

  • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

    honestly I can’t remember… but they deserved it

  • Lourens Jordaan

    Ban hammer!!!