Grand Theft Auto V gets a release date... and it's four months late

Rockstar has been teasing us about the upcoming launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 for well over a year now. We got a look at the very first trailer for the game all the way back in November 2011, and we've had plenty of screenshots to whet our appetites since then. 

But the most exciting news so far came in October, when Rockstar confirmed that GTAV would be launching in Spring 2013, and although we didn't have an exact date, we were at least able to adjust our expectations accordingly. 

Today, Rockstar has issued an update - and there's good news, and bad news. The good news is that we now have a firm date to look forward to; the bad news is that the game's been delayed by four months. 

Grand Theft Auto V will now go on sale in stores on September 17, and Rockstar apologised to fans for the delay: 

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 is working very hard to make the game all it can be."

So we'll have to wait a little bit longer - but even at this stage, we're pretty confident it'll be worth the wait. The game will be released for the Xbox and PlayStation, but there are currently no plans to offer a PC version. 

Source: Rockstar

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Delays like this are usually a good thing , i'm happy when a company is willing to delay to polish a game. Hope it's worth the wait.

Got loads of games to look forward to this year! GRID 2, Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs, when its date is finally announced), and GTAV (Five). I just hope Five isn't going to be all "take your girlfriend bowling", I do that in real life!

To all those saying Rockstar screw customers, look at Codemasters. Their attitude to Windows 7 and their StarForce driver with Race Driver 3 was disgusting. They couldn't be bothered doing a small update to make the game work so I, as well as many others, simply NO-DVD cracked it and uninstalled StarForce. The game wasn't out long before Win 7 came out, so it was pure customer-shafting as far as I'm concerned. I never bought a game brand new from them again, I'll probably buy Grid 2 preowned, even though I'm dying to play it as GRID was awesome.

Watch Dogs looks simply stunning in the PC promo vid. If a next gen Xbox comes out before it, which I doubt, the graphics better be as amazing rather than the washed out look of the 360, I'm a massive fan of the 360 but its graphics power is ancient by comparison to my Radeon HD6870 quad core rig, playing GTAIV on PC then on Xbox sure shows the 360's age.

Four months is not a "short" delay. What constitutes a short delay is few weeks, a month tops.

But in any case, I'm glad they're making it the best game they can make. I wouldn't want them to rush it.

Just hope they would choose their words better. =)

Is it just me, or does anyone else think next-gen versions are coming as well? Sony's PS4 announcement being announced soon? Maybe next Xbox too? Makes you think...

about GTA type games SLEEPING DOGS was a great hit, far far better than GTA IV, now if they have delayed the game by so much time, atleast they should make it better or equivalent to SLEEPING DOGS.

Hopefully they also have enough time to polish the PC port, unfortunately, this pushes PC out too because they like a buffer between console and PC as a means of piracy control and more sales from diehard fans (of which there are many!) buying it twice. But when it comes out it's going to be awesome!

I really have little to no interest in this game. I mean, how many times have I played the same GTA game. 4 brought some new stuff to the table, but I guess I just don't get the same kick out of it like I did with 3 and Vice City.

Got too many games I'm looking forward to playing to be disappointed. Take your time, Rockstar. And please please please release for PC!

These is very close to the expected release period for the next gen Xbox and Playstation. I think they should have waited and released on the new platforms.

Fail, it is going to come out probably a month or two before the Next Xbox or Playstation.

Might as well delay it 6-12 months and launch it on the new consoles.

swanlee said,
Fail, it is going to come out probably a month or two before the Next Xbox or Playstation.

Might as well delay it 6-12 months and launch it on the new consoles.

Graphically it wouldn't be good on the new consoles. Look at Saints 1. When the 360 first came out and saints came out it was amazing compared to the xbox and ps2 gtas. Putting a game that will most likely not look any better then max payne or gta4 would look out of place on the next gen consoles.

swanlee said,
Fail, it is going to come out probably a month or two before the Next Xbox or Playstation.

Might as well delay it 6-12 months and launch it on the new consoles.


For what? Better graphics. It would be a complete waste of time.

Sad how some folks seem to think visual fidelity is the goal of video games.

Lamp0 said,


For what? Better graphics. It would be a complete waste of time.

Sad how some folks seem to think visual fidelity is the goal of video games.

Then explain Call of Duty. Each release the story gets more and more generic. So story definitely isn't why the game keeps getting releases.

I really do hope there will be a PC version, as somebody who has never owned a console and don't wish to buy one for the little use I would get out of it - preferring PC gaming. It's a shame there's no word on it. I hope that if/when they do announce it, it wont be a under performing port like GTA IV for PC was at the time.

Of course there will be a PC version, it'll probably just arrive a little later like the PC version of GTA 4 did.

I'm much more interested in Watch Dogs, which looks like a real next-gen title. And at least that has a PC version confirmed from the get-go, as Rockstar treats PC gamers like dirt (just look at the GTA4 release).

GTA5 looks very weak graphically and a delay like this certainly isn't going to help, not with the announcement of next-gen consoles just around the corner. And the lack of gameplay videos doesn't bode well either. There's just nothing to get excited about.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm much more interested in Watch Dogs, which looks like a real next-gen title. And at least that has a PC version confirmed from the get-go, as Rockstar treats PC gamers like dirt (just look at the GTA4 release).

GTA5 looks very weak graphically and a delay like this certainly isn't going to help, not with the announcement of next-gen consoles just around the corner. And the lack of gameplay videos doesn't bode well either. There's just nothing to get excited about.

I completely disagree. Watch Dogs looks great technically, but that's a shallow way in which to asses games, as other that I found little else interesting in the demo.

Whilst GTAV is technically dated, I'd still put it, visually, far beyond the likes of Watch Dogs. I find Rockstar are absolute masters at art direction & real-time cinematography.

Its gonna finally come out and be utter **** like GTA4. Watch and see. After Max Payne and GTA4 this will be my first R* game I don't pre-order.

Colin McGregor said,
Its gonna finally come out and be utter **** like GTA4. Watch and see. After Max Payne and GTA4 this will be my first R* game I don't pre-order.

GTA4 was hardly bad. On consoles it was great, and on any modern PC it's great as well. Yes, it's somewhat of a poor port to PC, but hardly unplayable.

Jimmy422 said,

GTA4 was hardly bad. On consoles it was great, and on any modern PC it's great as well. Yes, it's somewhat of a poor port to PC, but hardly unplayable.

Never said it was unplayable. I said I thought it was ****.

Jimmy422 said,

GTA4 was hardly bad. On consoles it was great, and on any modern PC it's great as well.

I have a GTX680 SLI setup and get 40fps because the port was a disaster. Sure it was better than the console version but that's not saying much.

Rockstar treats PC gamers like dirt while filling its pockets with money from Microsoft.

Colin McGregor said,
Its gonna finally come out and be utter **** like GTA4. Watch and see. After Max Payne and GTA4 this will be my first R* game I don't pre-order.


I'd be willing to bet that once you see this game in action you'll quickly change your mind.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I have a GTX680 SLI setup and get 40fps because the port was a disaster. Sure it was better than the console version but that's not saying much.

Rockstar treats PC gamers like dirt while filling its pockets with money from Microsoft.

Crack it. No seriously, cracking it speeds up the game a massive amount by removing the DRM. Yes having to crack a game you purchased legally is stupid, but at least it's an option.

This game was preventing me from selling my Xbox, now I know it's coming out a month before next gen consoles I wont be getting it. I can finally get rid of the outdated POS 360!!

Crisp said,
This game was preventing me from selling my Xbox, now I know it's coming out a month before next gen consoles I wont be getting it. I can finally get rid of the outdated POS 360!!

Currently outdated by what exactly?

Crisp said,
2005 called, they want their over priced 512 ram back.

How much is Microsoft charging for this RAM? While you're at it could you go and build me a PC that will run BF3, Crysis 1,2 + 3, Far Cry 3, GTA 4-5 and Max Payne 3 for £180 or less? Cheers. Must include a 120GB Harddrive and Wi-Fi too.

Not sure, prices haven't surface(lol)d yet. Although it'll be outdated by the time DDR4 rises.

Edit:- I see you edited, if you find them games run smoothly and look very well on hardware worth £180, then I guess you're just easy to please. Not to mention you play using Wi-Fi. I don't think there's an option on PC to upscale to 1080p.

Edited by Crisp, Jan 31 2013, 10:32pm :

Crisp said,
This game was preventing me from selling my Xbox, now I know it's coming out a month before next gen consoles I wont be getting it. I can finally get rid of the outdated POS 360!!

A month before next gen consoles? In you dreams.