Ladies, gentlemen, the bad news: GTA V has been delayed.
The good news: We know exactly how far away it is, with Rockstar confirming a “surprise” release date, which has been pushed back to allow “additional development time”.
The magical, mystical date you need to pay attention to: September 17, 2013, just a little bit later than the “Spring” release window we were promised (March-June).
Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games says:
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.
That deep, beautiful, immersive world is, of course, the huge map of Los Santos, a “sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities”.
Gamers around the world are somewhat confused (and disappointed) by the new release date, which pushes GTAV right up against the end of year / Christmas rush. And while many are grudgingly accepting the change, others are reading more into it, prompting this official statement from Rockstar:
To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense – literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.
Interestingly, the delay also plops GTAV for Xbox 360 and PS3 awfully close to the predicted arrival of the next-gen consoles, and lands exactly atop the date set yesterday for the Vita exclusive Killzone: Mercenary.