After dozens of Grand Theft Auto V screenshots, two trailers, and some juicy details were leaked to Game Informer back in December, we finally—finally—know when the long-awaited GTA V will be released. This comes after much speculation. Common wisdom had the date at May. Maybe April. A rumor on the 29th, however, pegged it as early as March.
So without further ado, according to a Rockstar Games press release, Grand Theft Auto V will be released on...
September 17, 2013.
Excuse me while I just process this information.
... Just a sec.
... Still working it over.
... Almost done.
*Slams head on desk repeatedly*
From a now blood-stained press release:
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on September 17, 2013.
Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
"Grand Theft Auto V continues to push the series forward in new ways; Rockstar North are creating our deepest, most beautiful and most immersive world yet," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "We are very excited for people to learn more about the game in the coming months."
The September release date moves the launch back from its original projected release window of spring 2013 in order to allow additional development time. The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world Rockstar Games has yet created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game's three lead characters, playing all sides of the game's interwoven story.
Yes, this is a huge push-back. Not surprisingly, parent company Take Two saw its shares tank 7% today with the news.
My spirits have taken a similar nose dive. Because as great as it is that Rockstar is taking its time to make sure the game is perfect, September, 2013 will mark a period of over a year and a half since the release of the first GTA V trailer. That's a long, long time to wait. I can't take this anymore. So much destruction to do. So long I have to wait. LOS SANTOS I WANNA PARTY WITH YOU.