Strange days indeed, when a single game delay can alter the game device market dynamics
In late September, Microsoft plans to release the holiday season’s other widely anticipated game, Halo. But that game is designed to be played exclusively on the 360. Sony does not have an exclusive title that is quite so widely anticipated, making Grand Theft Auto even more important to the prospects of the PlayStation 3, said Evan Wilson, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities.
“This is very bad for Sony and its ability to sell PlayStation hardware,” Mr. Wilson said. He added that Sony’s loss could mean some gains for the Wii, which is not scheduled to get a version of Grand Theft Auto IV. And he said it could mean good news for other software makers, like Electronic Arts and Activision, that will not have to compete with Grand Theft Auto for consumer attention.