Take-Two Interactive's third-quarter report reveals the Grand Theft Auto sequel has been pushed back one week and is headed to the PC next year; GTA Advance confirmed for October.
From the looks of reports and hints, GTA San Andreas will have to be delayed. The third-quarter report today showed that San Andreas has to be delayed by 1 week.
"Developed by world-class designers Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 and is expected to be in stores in North America on October 26, 2004 and in Europe on October 29, 2004," read the report. Take-Two also offered a brief explanation for the delay. "The title's launch date was moved to allow additional time for final testing of the game, which exceeds the size, depth and scope of traditional videogames," read the report. Ironically, a similar scenario unfolded in 2002 when Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was also delayed one week.
The delay will be seven days of agony for gamers who've been awaiting the game. It also brings it within two weeks of Halo 2's November 9 ship date; a simultaneous release of the two titles could potentially cause schizophrenia in multiple-console owners. However, Game Boy Advance owners got some good news, as Take-Two reconfirmed that the GTA for the GBA will ship next month. "Rockstar also plans to release an extension of the Grand Theft Auto franchise for the Game Boy Advance in late October," read the report. Additionally, a PC version of GTA: San Andreas was also confirmed for release in the third quarter of 2005. Since PC versions of GTA III and GTA: Vice City similarly followed suit on PC, this news should come as a not-unexpected relief to series fans.
News source: GameSpot