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    Rockstar returns to the fictional state of San Andreas with a crew of three criminal protagonists who work together to pull off a series of high-profile heists.

    Grand Theft Auto V Gets September Release Date

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    Edited By alex
    Only Rockstar could get millions hyped to play a game featuring a dude who looks like this.
    Only Rockstar could get millions hyped to play a game featuring a dude who looks like this.

    Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V finally has an official release date, and it's not quite what we were expecting.

    After months of touting a nebulous "spring" release period, which seemed to all but confirm a date in the publisher's now traditional release month of May, Rockstar today announced that GTA V will instead be hitting retail shelves on September 17.

    In a commiserative post on its official website, Rockstar officials chalked the new release date up to additional development required on the game.

    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

    So, hey, we're not getting a May release, but we have an official, locked-in date (which could still slip at some point, but also shut up.) No new trailers or screenshots were released to sate the unwashed masses of the Internet, so you'll just have to settle for the media we already have posted. Sorry about that.

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    #1  Edited By alex
    Only Rockstar could get millions hyped to play a game featuring a dude who looks like this.
    Only Rockstar could get millions hyped to play a game featuring a dude who looks like this.

    Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V finally has an official release date, and it's not quite what we were expecting.

    After months of touting a nebulous "spring" release period, which seemed to all but confirm a date in the publisher's now traditional release month of May, Rockstar today announced that GTA V will instead be hitting retail shelves on September 17.

    In a commiserative post on its official website, Rockstar officials chalked the new release date up to additional development required on the game.

    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

    So, hey, we're not getting a May release, but we have an official, locked-in date (which could still slip at some point, but also shut up.) No new trailers or screenshots were released to sate the unwashed masses of the Internet, so you'll just have to settle for the media we already have posted. Sorry about that.

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    #2  Edited By Bones8677

    NOOOOO!!!!!

    Well at least the first quarter is a little less cluttered for me.

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    #3  Edited By mrfluke

    totally expected, the genre advanced so much after gta 4, so theres a huge onus on them to nail it.

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    #4  Edited By EvilKatarn

    I'm entirely fine with it. Couldn't afford this in May anyway.

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    #5  Edited By mrfluke

    @Bones8677 said:

    NOOOOO!

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    #6  Edited By Bones8677

    @mrfluke: yep. :)

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    #7  Edited By BasketSnake

    Steam backlog.

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    #8  Edited By D

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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    #9  Edited By toowalrus

    I wish they'd tacked something like "oh, and it's coming to PC this September now, too" onto the end of that statement...

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    #10  Edited By Phouchg

    I'm almost happy when they delay my favourite game series.. it just feels like they're serious about getting it right.

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    #12  Edited By Greenshoes

    Its nice to know it will not ruin my exam period.

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    #13  Edited By szlifier
    @TooWalrus said:
    I wish they'd tacked something like "oh, and it's coming to PC this September now, too" onto the end of that statement...
    PC version May 2014 then.
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    #14  Edited By Ben_H

    NOOOOO CRAP!!!! 
     
    That will allow me to get rid of most of my backlog. I stopped buying games until it is gone.

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    #15  Edited By ottoman673

    New consoles can't be coming out this year. Rockstar must know something we don't...

    I don't see why they'd release such a high-profile title so close to new hardware. Either Durango/PS4 are going to be Backwards Compatible [doubt it, especially in Sony's case] or the hardware won't be out until Q1 2014. Take-Two and Rockstar bank on these titles for maximum sales, and if anything this seems like it's only going to hurt them.

    I'll still get it because I love GTA, regardless. Just seems odd.

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    #16  Edited By randiolo

    that seems super late considering next gen consoles are on our door step.

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    #17  Edited By Doctorchimp

    That means the 360 and PS3 version will probably be kind of a mess and they'll have something for next gen

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    #18  Edited By MeatSim

    Looks like I will have to find something else to play in May.

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    #19  Edited By probablytuna

    Well, at least there's The Last of Us to look forward to in May.

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    #20  Edited By xyzygy

    @ottoman673: Why would you doubt the next Xbox would be backwards compatible? It's essentially a PC. The PS3 on the other hand has a completely different architecture.

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    #21  Edited By Temg99

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

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    #22  Edited By cloudymusic

    If it makes the game better, sure, take all the time you need.

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    #23  Edited By joshthebear

    One less major game early in the year is fine by me.

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    #24  Edited By Porkellain

    @mrfluke: can't believe i saw the whole thing

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    #25  Edited By AshTDS
    @Doctorchimp Thats what I'm thinking. They will release a next gen version with a better frame rate and draw distance, maybe more.
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    #26  Edited By DeF

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

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    #27  Edited By DukesT3

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaan.

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    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.

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    #29  Edited By DjDonFrancisco

    This is great news. I still have to finish Sleeping Dogs and I never even got to Saints Row The Third. Speaking of which, SR3: The Full Package is $21.99 at Newegg right now. I should probably pick that up.

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    #30  Edited By Winternet

    Sure, ok, I guess.

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    #31  Edited By ottoman673

    @xyzygy: Because even the 360 wasn't fully backwards compatible - there were a lot of notable exclusions on the list. They initially promised Backwards Compatibility updates but those stopped in November 2007... 478 games are backwards compatible, which is only 51% of the total Xbox catalog.

    And suddenly, we got an advent of repacked "HD Collection" titles that have all sold somewhat well, considering they're still with the time and money to upres and press to disc.

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    #32  Edited By DeF

    @LegendaryChopChop said:

    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.

    Sure but GTA is just on another level when it comes to mainstream hype. People (Brad) forgetting about Diablo III was probably more the game's fault than its release date.

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    #33  Edited By Red_Army_1999

    @DjDonFrancisco said:

    This is great news. I still have to finish Sleeping Dogs and I never even got to Saints Row The Third. Speaking of which, SR3: The Full Package is $21.99 at Newegg right now. I should probably pick that up.

    Same over here, I'm kind of happy in a way. I'm kind of ashamed I haven't yet played SD or SR3. With this news seems like I'll have a whole summer free to get my shit together. Oh and Rockstar get your shit together and make a PC version.

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    #34  Edited By jjm494

    Hmmm, I wonder if this means that the new consoles are little farther off then we're anticipating. Is Spring 2014 a better bet as to when we'll see the next Xbox or PlayStation?

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    #35  Edited By MildMolasses

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    I think it's more likely that they are taking advantage of an empty quarter right before new consoles are put out. GTA games have never had a problem of being overlooked at goty time

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    #36  Edited By radoman

    Pfft might as well put it out on the next gen consoles then and a day one pc version would be nice too.

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    #37  Edited By liquidamerica

    @LegendaryChopChop: people forgot about diablo 3 because that game was hot ass.

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    #38  Edited By pyrodactyl

    @DeF said:

    @LegendaryChopChop said:

    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.

    Sure but GTA is just on another level when it comes to mainstream hype. People (Brad) forgetting about Diablo III was probably more the game's fault than its release date.

    Yeah, cause all those websites forgot about ME2 for GoTY when it came out in january...

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    #39  Edited By BBQBram

    Dude. Okay. Fuck.

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    #40  Edited By wchue

    what ever man

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    #41  Edited By algertman

    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    It's rockstar. They will butter up the gaming press real good.

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    #42  Edited By MildMolasses

    @LegendaryChopChop said:

    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.

    What makes you think he forgot it, rather than he just liked 10 other games more? A five star review doesn't guarantee it end of the year consideration, especially when he had a bunch of 5 star games in his list already. It's about the games that stuck with him as being overly special or memorable, not it's review score. D3 was a great game, but there were plenty of great games last year

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    #43  Edited By superfriend

    GTA deserves all the extra time they need. I just wonder what this means for potential next-gen versions of GTA V..

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    #44  Edited By Beaudacious

    September means PC Release?

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    #45  Edited By ImmortalSaiyan

    Is this the first big game slated for Q4 of this year? I expecting to see a bunch of next gen launch titles announced at E3.

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    #46  Edited By goatsoap

    i am hoping this means there will be less of a gap between this and the inevitable pc release, rockstar did right by the pc version of max payne 3 and i hope they can do right again with gta v

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    #47  Edited By szlifier
    @xyzygy said:

    @ottoman673: Why would you doubt the next Xbox would be backwards compatible? It's essentially a PC. The PS3 on the other hand has a completely different architecture.

    Xbox 360 is PowerPC architecture, it's not much less different to PC (x86) than the Cell. In fact they are both based on THE SAME IBM PowerPC Core. Backward compatibility is not going to happen on either of new consoles (both based on x86). There is not enough power boost to compensate the overhead of the emulation and they won't include old hardware in them, it would cost too much. 
     
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    #48  Edited By DJJoeJoe

    @MildMolasses said:

    @LegendaryChopChop said:

    @DeF said:

    @Temg99 said:

    I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.

    It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.

    People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.

    What makes you think he forgot it, rather than he just liked 10 other games more? A five star review doesn't guarantee it end of the year consideration, especially when he had a bunch of 5 star games in his list already. It's about the games that stuck with him as being overly special or memorable, not it's review score. D3 was a great game, but there were plenty of great games last year

    I enjoyed Diablo 3 when it came out, then I quickly forgot it even existed a few months after that.

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    #49  Edited By habibyjohnson

    Hmm this sucks

    But if it means we get a smoother game and not a rush-job then it also is a good thing. GTAV must not be rushed!!!

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    #50  Edited By slyspider

    Please tell me that its day and date PC and console? Otherwise..... I'm going to be sad :'(

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