After months of rumours and false dawns, as well as a release date originally penned in for ‘Spring 2013′, Rockstar have finally spoken and by doing so have answered the question that millions have been asking for years now. We can all now safely say that Grand Theft Auto V has finally got a confirmed release date to extinguish all the rumours and speculation that has been circulating the internet. The date that we should all be marking into our diaries is 17 September, 2013. Remember that date, because that is likely to be one of, if not the, biggest day for gaming this year.
Here is the press release from Rockstar:
Rockstar Games Announces Grand Theft Auto V Release Date
New York, NY, January 31, 2013 — Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on September 17, 2013.
Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
“Grand Theft Auto V continues to push the series forward in new ways; Rockstar North are creating our deepest, most beautiful and most immersive world yet,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We are very excited for people to learn more about the game in the coming months.”
The September release date moves the launch back from its original projected release window of spring 2013 in order to allow additional development time. The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world Rockstar Games has yet created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game’s three lead characters, playing all sides of the game’s interwoven story.
All the classic hallmarks of the groundbreaking series return, including incredible attention to detail and Grand Theft Auto’s darkly humorous take on modern culture, alongside a brand new and ambitious approach to open world multiplayer. (END)
It is understandable that large sections of the gaming world have reacted to this news with a certain degree of disgruntlement, and in some cases even anger, but in all fairness to Rockstar they won’t be delaying this game for no reason. Rockstar will be looking to say goodbye to this current of generation of consoles in the best way possible, and so making sure that this game is as close to perfection as possible upon release will be a great way to accomplish that. This delay will benefit both Rockstar and the player in the long run, so personally speaking I don’t see any reason to complain.
The Rockstar Newswire posted the following statement today as a response and assurance to their faithful fans:
Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.
We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.
To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.
The GTA Team (END)
Fair play, Rockstar. Now all roads lead to September and we should safely expect this game to live up to exactly what we’d hoped for. I have faith and I hope you do too.