Grand Theft Auto VI publisher's stock falls after first trailer reveals the video game won't come out until 2025

  • Take-Two Interactive shares fell 1% at Tuesday's opening bell.

  • The stock slipped despite the long-awaited release of the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI.

  • The video game is set to come out in 2025, meaning it'll have little to no impact on Take-Two's earnings next year.

Take-Two Interactive's stock price tumbled Tuesday after the first trailer for "Grand Theft Auto VI" revealed that the hotly-anticipated title won't be released until 2025.

Shares in the video-game publisher were down 1% shortly after the opening bell, having tumbled as much as 7% in premarket trading.

The losses came after Take-Two subsidiary Rockstar Games published a trailer for GTA VI on YouTube late Monday. The company had originally planned to put the clip out early Tuesday but brought forward its release after a leak on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The final seconds of Rockstar's video reveal that the game is "coming 2025", in what's been perceived as a blow to both fans and Take-Two shareholders.

Previous title "Grand Theft Auto V" is one of the highest-selling video games of all time, having shipped around 190 million copies worldwide and netted Take-Two roughly $8 billion worth of revenue. The 2025 release date means GTA VI will have little-to-no impact on the publisher's earnings next year.

Deutsche Bank analysts maintained a "buy" rating on the stock in a research note published Tuesday, but noted that the "first official peek into the game's launch window: 'coming 2025'" was one of the key details revealed in the trailer.

Rockstar's 90-second video also confirmed that the game will take place in Vice City, the Grand Theft Auto universe's equivalent of Miami, and feature both a male and a female protagonist, as previously reported by Bloomberg News' Jason Schreier.

Before Tuesday, Take-Two shares were up 51% year-to-date, benefiting from a generally-favorable environment for tech stocks as well as continued speculation about when GTA VI will be released.

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