Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot
Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot

Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released on September 17, 2013, Rockstar Games has announced.

The date is much later than the spring date the firm had been aiming for, but promises the wait will be worth it.

A letter to fans published on the Rockstar Games website reads:

"Dear all

"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."

A four month delay points to a previously planned May release date, as many had been predicting.

Rockstar founder Sam Houser commented: "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.

"We are very excited for people to learn more about the game in the coming months."

Source: Rockstargames.com

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p0rtalthinker's Avatar

p0rtalthinker

Me: So does this mean we'll have a simultaneous PC release now, Rockstar? Fingers crossed.

Rockstar: Probably not.
Posted 01:49 on 01 February 2013
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thompo555@ pblive

When was the last time he was right? Was that sometime around when somebody had the idea for Duke Nukem Forever?

Hmmm.. If it is a next gen release.. I may be getting a console sooner than i thought.. God the graphics! ;)

Or I could just wait for the PC version? :p
Posted 21:24 on 31 January 2013
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georgiev16

I hope it's worth the wait.
Posted 21:17 on 31 January 2013
pblive's Avatar

pblive

Big surprise: Pachter was wrong again!
Posted 18:03 on 31 January 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar

Clockpunk

I can certainly see GTA V acting as a 'come on over to the next gen, and see what its all about' title...
Posted 17:19 on 31 January 2013
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tvr77

God dammit, i was looking forward to a cracking summer as well.

Its been almost five years since GTA IV i'm not sure when work on GTA V actually started but either way that's quite a long time between releases. Oh well i'm sure it will be worth it but its still disappointing.

S O B
Posted 16:30 on 31 January 2013
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rbevanx@ Wido

I'm betting money it will come out this gen and on the next gen consoles.

This happend before with Just Cause 1 and Gun and it will happen again I think.
Posted 16:30 on 31 January 2013
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MJTH

Makes sense I suppose. Bioshock has been delayed so much that Take 2 has desided to move GTAV to space their line up a bit more. Plus Rockstar gets more time for polishing.
Posted 16:20 on 31 January 2013
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Grammartron@ Wido

Don't think next gen won't be quite with us by then I don't think - though Rockstar's usual 'slightly late PC version' could well be a launch title for next Xbox a couple of months later I reckon. Bound to be a cross-gen title in some form I would say, too big not to be!
Posted 16:14 on 31 January 2013
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Neon-Soldier32

A disappointing time. This would have been a great summer game.
Posted 16:12 on 31 January 2013
altaranga's Avatar

altaranga

I don't speak Polish. I hope they subtitle it.
Posted 15:57 on 31 January 2013
Wido's Avatar

Wido

Next Xbox to release Sept 17th, GTA V launch title... Lol if it happens, and if it does. Im sold!
Posted 15:47 on 31 January 2013
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DancingRhino

Damn it. May was a nice time, just around my birthday.
Posted 15:46 on 31 January 2013
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CheekyLee

I think this news has broken Twitter...
Posted 15:32 on 31 January 2013
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EverTheOptimist

Fair enough. If it needs extra polish, it needs extra polish. I'm sure there'll be plenty of muppets moaning and cancelling their pre-orders though :p
Posted 15:25 on 31 January 2013

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Release Date: 17/09/2013
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
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