Rockstar's delay syndrome strikes yet again.
The highly anticipated sandbox game Grand Theft Auto V, originally slated for a Spring 2013 release, has been pushed back. Fans of the satirical series won't have to wait too much longer. Rockstar's given the game a definitive release date of September 17, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Rockstar released the following statement in regards to the delay:
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's set a precedent of quality (and delay) with its titles, so this news doesn't come as much of a surprise.
By then, it's likely that both Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles will already have been announced. This delay could also mean that Grand Theft Auto V may be coming for the next Xbox and PlayStation.
Once again, PC gamers have been left out in the cold in this announcement. When Rockstar first announced Grand Theft Auto V's Spring 2013 release window, it neglected to mention anything about the game coming to the PC. Concerned fans have put together an online petition for Rockstar to bring the game to PC. Considering that the past few Grand Theft Autos have all made it onto the PC platform, it seems unlikely that the game won't make it onto PC. It's really only a matter of when.