Initially scheduled to come out sometime in Spring 2013, today Rockstar Games has issued an official statement saying that Grand Theft Auto V’s release has been delayed. It will arrive on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on September 17 instead.
Along with the announcement, Rockstar’s GTA Team posted an official apology to fans, in which they promise that the short delay will be “worth the extra time”.
Due to the scale of of this particular title – GTA V’s world of Los Santos was said to be bigger than the settings in Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined – the GTA team said that the game needed the extra time for it to be polished to the standards that fans expect of RockStar Games.
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.
The GTA Team