GTA V Is Coming on 17th September, 2013

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By Chris | 31st Jan 2013 at 16:47 GMT in GTA V | 38 Comments

Rockstar have announced that GTA V has been delayed until 17th September 2013 in a newswire post today, allowing for "additional development time".

 

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.

Yours,
The GTA Team

 
Rockstar also issued a press release.

 

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.

 

As always you can share your thoughts in the forums. We're prepared for all your immature and irrationally angry comments. Remember it's a game guys. A game.

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TUN3R 31st January, 2013 @ 17:11 - Permalink

On my birthday... I admit I kinda' like the irony in that...

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MrLlamaLlama 31st January, 2013 @ 17:26 - Permalink

I can't think of any better gift for you than something to have a nice, long bitch about :)

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TUN3R 31st January, 2013 @ 17:44 - Permalink

Oh I could; a shovel and the possibility for me to come smack you in the face with it.

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Jezz Torrent 31st January, 2013 @ 17:50 - Permalink
My thoughts: Fuck rockstar!! If they're gonna fuck with us like that they better start providing us with some new and better media!
And where is the box art we were promised?
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TUN3R 31st January, 2013 @ 18:09 - Permalink

My thoughts: Fuck rockstar!! If they're gonna fuck with us like that they better start providing us with some new and better media!
And where is the box art we were promised?

 

YES HOW DARE THEY MAKE SURE THE GAME ISN'T BUGGY AS F*** WHEN IT'S RELEASED! FUCK YOU ROCKSTAR YOU MOTHERF***ERS.

 

Grab your molotovs and peanut butter, let's go teach Rockstar not to f*ck with us. We're gonna make that piece of s*it studio of theirs look like Christmas in Afganistan! Come on!

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Blur 31st January, 2013 @ 18:10 - Permalink

Dissapointed by the reactions of people on the forums and news feeds. Can't say I'm suprised though. Take your time Rockstar and no need to apologize, the sense of entitlement by those so called "fans" will fade away eventually. Sucks we couldn't get the box art today, but at least there is a release date.

 

I take that back. Fans are understandably frustrated, but some comments are uncalled for. The proverbial "child in a candy store" is the case here. I will take a delay over rehashed annual releases anyday. By all means vent out your frustration, but Rockstar does not deserve the comments they are receiving.

 

This is great news imo, we finally have a concrete release date and Rockstar is making sure they will release the best possible version of the game. September 17 is all that should matter.

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Chris 31st January, 2013 @ 18:33 - Permalink

The reaction is to be expected these days. That's unfortunately what the community has become.

 

I'm actually more surprised (read: surprised, not angry) that they chose not to release the box art regardless of any delay. They were presumably ready for it at the start of the month, I don't see how any major component of it would change between now and then that they would have to delay that too. Seems quite strange to me.

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NotYouHaha 31st January, 2013 @ 18:48 - Permalink

I don't think I'm really surprised. This is Rockstar we're talking about, and it's pretty much a given that they'll delay a game if they need the time. I remember GTA IV being delayed, and according to my googlefu it appears that RDR and LA Noire were also delayed before their releases. It's just disappointing that they had to turn their back on their promise of Spring 2013.

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TUN3R 31st January, 2013 @ 18:55 - Permalink

The reaction is to be expected these days. That's unfortunately what the community  GTA fanbase has become.

 

Know what's the best part? That there was never a delay, because there was never a release date ether :)

 

That's the result of too much hype and speculation and not enough media access and news. I can haz peanut butter?

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MrLlamaLlama 31st January, 2013 @ 19:38 - Permalink

Oh I could; a shovel and the possibility for me to come smack you in the face with it.

 

adorable.

 

 

My thoughts: Fuck rockstar!! If they're gonna fuck with us like that they better start providing us with some new and better media!
And where is the box art we were promised?

 

predictable.

 

I don't think I'm really surprised. This is Rockstar we're talking about, and it's pretty much a given that they'll delay a game if they need the time. I remember GTA IV being delayed, and according to my googlefu it appears that RDR and LA Noire were also delayed before their releases. It's just disappointing that they had to turn their back on their promise of Spring 2013.

 

respectable.

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Bustago 31st January, 2013 @ 22:11 - Permalink

I don't think I'm really surprised. This is Rockstar we're talking about, and it's pretty much a given that they'll delay a game if they need the time. I remember GTA IV being delayed, and according to my googlefu it appears that RDR and LA Noire were also delayed before their releases. It's just disappointing that they had to turn their back on their promise of Spring 2013.

LA Noire, Delayed? Too fecking right, six years it took from announcement to release.

Canis Canem Edit, delayed.

Max Payne 3, delayed (by 2 years!).

 

Rockstar Delay games, but only to improve them. Just shows they're not a corporate shitbox like EA, they want to make games, not just money.

 

My thoughts: Fuck rockstar!! If they're gonna fuck with us like that they better start providing us with some new and better media!
And where is the box art we were promised?

 

YES HOW DARE THEY MAKE SURE THE GAME ISN'T BUGGY AS F*** WHEN IT'S RELEASED! FUCK YOU ROCKSTAR YOU MOTHERF***ERS.

 

Grab your molotovs and peanut butter, let's go teach Rockstar not to f*ck with us. We're gonna make that piece of s*it studio of theirs look like Christmas in Afganistan! Come on!

Tun3r, mate. I will never understand you.

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TUN3R 31st January, 2013 @ 22:20 - Permalink

Tun3r, mate. I will never understand you

 

I know, but as long as it at least annoys you, my mission isn't a total failure. By "you" I mean the general audience of this wonderful community and the general GTA fanboybase.

 

And I was making fun of the little kids who cry about game delays, that never gets old.

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ThePlake0815 31st January, 2013 @ 23:09 - Permalink

The reaction is to be expected these days. That's unfortunately what the community  GTA fanbase has become.

 

Know what's the best part? That there was never a delay, because there was never a release date ether :)

 

That's the result of too much hype and speculation and not enough media access and news. I can haz peanut butter?

 

Sorry, but "To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay[...]" and "spring 2013" sounds different to me...

 

But i also rather wait, then get a buggy game, especially with such a big city. "Real" R* fans are used to delays anyway, as this is necessary with every good game...

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Huckleberry Pie 31st January, 2013 @ 23:39 - Permalink

Dissapointed by the reactions of people on the forums and news feeds. Can't say I'm suprised though. Take your time Rockstar and no need to apologize, the sense of entitlement by those so called "fans" will fade away eventually. Sucks we couldn't get the box art today, but at least there is a release date.
 
I take that back. Fans are understandably frustrated, but some comments are uncalled for. The proverbial "child in a candy store" is the case here. I will take a delay over rehashed annual releases anyday. By all means vent out your frustration, but Rockstar does not deserve the comments they are receiving.
 
This is great news imo, we finally have a concrete release date and Rockstar is making sure they will release the best possible version of the game. September 17 is all that should matter.


Exactly. I'd rather have it delayed than end up with some cliche annually-released FPS game. Let R* do their job, your patience will thank you.
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Husky 1st February, 2013 @ 01:47 - Permalink

Rockstar, we have been friends for a while. But now your starting to turn into that friend that I count on to be late every time. 

 

But I knew that this would happen anyway. Spring 2013 did seem too soon to release a game that has very little information and screenshots. Kind of odd though how they didn't show the Box Art as promised. 

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BlackListedB 1st February, 2013 @ 06:51 - Permalink

I missed it even BEFORE I went to work, second shift. Wasn't expecting much until something big happened, like WAIT FOR IT.... Game's COVER ART!!!??

 

Anywho, I left my own SC comments on the newsbyte at Rockstar's site.

 

http://www.rockstarg....html/#comments

 

I was expecting no later then May in terms of a SPRING release, so waiting for the one, the only, until fall of this year is a bit much, but I won't say it's going to mean fantastic quality in the game, I don't believe it will be far and beyond what we've seen so far, but that any issues are taking longer to straighten out with the massive size of it involved, and the complexity I believe relates specifically with the alternating of three protags within just the storyline, which has to come off without any hitches, one can expect.

 

The AI for all NPC as well is just as paramount an issue for the Rockstar Team to address in the months ahead, I believe they're striving to advance this so you do notice the marked improvement.

 

They haven't talked about PC or next gen consoles, but that doesn't mean no PC version or that GTA's being pushed ahead in time for release on new consoles, using RAGE and Euphoria, that frankly is pretty flawed logic.

 

BTW, speaking of frequent delays at Take2 and Rockstar North/Games, where's AGENT?!?!?!???????!!!

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TUN3R 1st February, 2013 @ 10:21 - Permalink

 


The reaction is to be expected these days. That's unfortunately what the community  GTA fanbase has become.

 

Know what's the best part? That there was never a delay, because there was never a release date ether :)

 

That's the result of too much hype and speculation and not enough media access and news. I can haz peanut butter?

 

Sorry, but "To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay[...]" and "spring 2013" sounds different to me...

 

Did the game have a release date before? No. Blunder on Rockstar's part.

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Rowie235 1st February, 2013 @ 12:53 - Permalink

I'm quite disgusted at the reaction from these so called 'fans' to this news. I've read several comments on R*s newswire and facebook post. For fans to get so annoyed at a company for requiring a little more time to get the game to 100% perfection so that they, the fans can have the best possible experience is downright disgraceful. Ungrateful little shits.

If R* needs a little more time to get the game right then they can damn well have it. I love this game series and would hate to be disappointed by an unrefined, rushed release. The wait will be worth it, and life goes on.

Anyone ever hear this sort of fan outrage when a movie or artist's album get's delayed? (Chinese Democracy aside)

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Sherman 1st February, 2013 @ 18:01 - Permalink

The release date gives me a perfect excuse to pick it up. A few days after my birthday? Excellent.

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amazingdude 1st February, 2013 @ 20:31 - Permalink
I am surprised at the reaction of the fans, its really a messed up situation but would you like rockstar to release the game soon so that you could complain about how shit the bugs in the game are?

I think they should take their time and focus on the final stages of V. I think they will release a third trailer to cheer you up, maybe?
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TUN3R 1st February, 2013 @ 20:35 - Permalink

Oh come on you had to see this coming, especially with GTA fans.

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Blur 1st February, 2013 @ 21:12 - Permalink

I wouldn't exactly say this is only a GTA community problem. Maybe the culture is changing, the internet allows us to get away with things we normally wouldn't say to others, likewise I doubt some of those people would say the things they have said, to the developers faces who have been working their asses of the past four or five years.

 

Remember the uproar when Left 4 Dead 2 was announced. http://www.thegtapla...dead-2-boycott/ Sometimes people will freak out over anything, if only just to find something to complain about. Someone said it before there are many things to do between now and September. Relax and let Rockstar release the game, so that it is not the date we want, but the one we deserve.

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TUN3R 1st February, 2013 @ 22:31 - Permalink

I wouldn't exactly say this is only a GTA community problem.

 

 

Oh come on you had to see this coming, especially with GTA fans.

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amazingdude 2nd February, 2013 @ 02:18 - Permalink
well the fans should understand that this isn't Call of duty it's GTA, quality>quantity so it should be easy to understand that they are working very hard to improve the game which would be worth the money.

TRUST THE DEVS.
CHILL THE HELL OUT.
GET YOURSELF A DRINK :D
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TUN3R 2nd February, 2013 @ 09:55 - Permalink

well the fans should understand that this isn't Call of duty it's GTA, quality>quantity so it should be easy to understand that they are working very hard to improve the game which would be worth the money.

TRUST THE DEVS.
CHILL THE HELL OUT.
GET YOURSELF A DRINK :D

 

Not really a good comparison, CoD has gameplays before release, so at least you know what you're buying, with GTA, not so much...

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BlackListedB 2nd February, 2013 @ 23:29 - Permalink

I'm more yearning to play RDR again, though I mention it all the time, I took an extended break from gaming, I also have to get a USB Wifi dongle for the Xbox 360 original versions, since they're overpriced and remain so! I put off finishing GTA 3 and GTA Episodes to completion, but the sad fact is, we have the previous GTA games, but the new landscape and vehicles are the most enticing thing of each GTA, and the same physics and graphical geography DOES get old, it WILL be 5 years in the making, for each GTA, and RDR (2), and this suggests to me that the team will be engrossed in newer games for several years at a time, reason to suggest they would hope to add some new game titles to release intermittently

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Scott. 20th February, 2013 @ 16:29 - Permalink

I'm all for the delay haha, not only will it be a better game, but it wont be released in May so it wont mess up my Uni exams and assignments :P At least in September I can lounge about all day without feeling bad I've done no work ;)

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Highwire 24th February, 2013 @ 00:43 - Permalink

I'm expecting another delay, possibly for an October release. Either way I won't be able to afford this once it gets release, I'll have to wait for the price to drop  :thumbsdown:

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BlackListedB 24th February, 2013 @ 03:42 - Permalink

Won't mess up my schooling, I finished that in the 1980s!! I'm of age and then some to play adult rated gaming (and movies...and music)

I'll say as I did before though, Rockstar being so closed mouth about this very extended delay is rather troublesome if you look at it realistically, they steadfastly refuse to talk about how the game comes together, whether it works or not, they don't want consumers privy to the development process and I feel that's a move that's somewhat unjustified when you can choose to have 'spoilers' or not.

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TUN3R 25th February, 2013 @ 00:27 - Permalink

Won't mess up my schooling, I finished that in the 1980s!! I'm of age and then some to play adult rated gaming (and movies...and music)

I'll say as I did before though, Rockstar being so closed mouth about this very extended delay is rather troublesome if you look at it realistically, they steadfastly refuse to talk about how the game comes together, whether it works or not, they don't want consumers privy to the development process and I feel that's a move that's somewhat unjustified when you can choose to have 'spoilers' or not.

 

Yes thanks for repeating that Mr Rockstar spokesperson.

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BlackListedB 25th February, 2013 @ 01:20 - Permalink

I'm no R* Spokesperson, I'm a "Gamer's Advocate" speaking for all veterans of video gaming, I'm a card-carrying member, being 46 years of age! HA!

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TUN3R 25th February, 2013 @ 19:22 - Permalink

I'm no R* Spokesperson, I'm a "Gamer's Advocate" speaking for all veterans of video gaming, I'm a card-carrying member, being 46 years of age! HA!

 

You're nobody's advocate, so you can stop acting like it.

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Captinsmelly987 6th March, 2013 @ 08:59 - Permalink
R*is like the gaming God's. They create the best characters and the best environments, to talk badly of them is sin in this R* religion. If you don't like the delay, stop bashing them because had not it been for R* you wouldn't have even played the games you love today.
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TUN3R 6th March, 2013 @ 23:31 - Permalink

R*is like the gaming God's. They create the best characters and the best environments, to talk badly of them is sin in this R* religion. If you don't like the delay, stop bashing them because had not it been for R* you wouldn't have even played the games you love today.

 

Yeah it's the Key Features and Optimizatiob departments they fail in nowadays, more specifially the cars and guns, and PC port respectively.

 

By the way if you need help with sacrificing goats for Rockstar you can ask BlackListedB, he's also a proud member of the Rockstar religious cult.

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BlackListedB 8th March, 2013 @ 15:53 - Permalink

I'm no R* Spokesperson, I'm a "Gamer's Advocate" speaking for all veterans of video gaming, I'm a card-carrying member, being 46 years of age! HA!

 

You're nobody's advocate, so you can stop acting like it.

I'm not acting, I AM! Plain and simple.

 

Took some time away from the online guessing game of GTA Five, and some buttsore GTAF'er came and spammed up our new GTAC site, well let me tell you, if that person is a member of GTAForums and I was banned and still am, I ask you, what is their further beef since I'm no longer a member of that commune?? I'll tell you, their worthless existence mandates that they act like a complete and utter moron online and elsewhere I'm sure. I hope you can rise to a higher standard then that, Tun3r, shouldn't be too hard, since I believe dirt has more respect then that person, dirt actually serves a useful purpose, people spam with porn and profanity online and don't even admit who they are?!? Well, it's not even worth giving THEM a platform, anywhere, online or off

 

 

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TUN3R 9th March, 2013 @ 12:34 - Permalink

 

I'm no R* Spokesperson, I'm a "Gamer's Advocate" speaking for all veterans of video gaming, I'm a card-carrying member, being 46 years of age! HA!

 

You're nobody's advocate, so you can stop acting like it.

I'm not acting, I AM! Plain and simple.
 

 

You're not. Idiot.

 

I don't give a damn where or why you got banned. I don't even see how that's relevant. I got banned 14 times at ModTheSims. So fucking what? I just make a new account until that dipshit of a mod gets bored and ether issues a range ban or gives up. Crybaby.

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BlackListedB 9th March, 2013 @ 17:01 - Permalink

I AM, end of story, don't bother to even attempt a sound off, your replies only make you look worse, just like many of the Forum trollers, no matter what forum we're talking about. I'm an honest gaming fan, and in particular, of GTA. As well, my age represents the older demographic gamers, that's not BS in the slightest!

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TUN3R 9th March, 2013 @ 19:49 - Permalink

I AM, end of story, don't bother to even attempt a sound off, your replies only make you look worse, just like many of the Forum trollers, no matter what forum we're talking about. I'm an honest gaming fan, and in particular, of GTA. As well, my age represents the older demographic gamers, that's not BS in the slightest!

 

Cool story, but it doesn't make you anybody's advocate but your own. That right has to be earned, and just cause you're a 46 year old virgin GTA worshipper doesn't mean you've earned the right.

 

You're not more important than anyone, so speak for yourself.

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