Grand Theft Auto 5 was meant to hit stores this spring.
Rockstar has announced that the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been delayed until Tuesday, September 17th worldwide.
The developer previously stated that the highly anticipated sequel was due to launch this spring, but the decision was made to put the release date back in order to add further polish the game.
“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, read a statement on Rockstar’s official newswire channel.
“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.”
This delay has caused considerable anger on the otherwise magical and happy place that is the ‘interwebs’ with many complaining that Rockstar apparently mislead consumers. Now the developer behind Bully, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Max Payne 3 and the GTA franchise don’t need defending as their record speaks for itself, but to complain about a developer taking a bit of extra time to make their work better is flat out lunacy.
Everyone is excited about Grand Theft Auto 5 being released, us included, and surely it’s better for Rockstar to release the game when it’s ready rather than just sending it out before the end of the financial year to appease investors. At this point the ‘House of Housers’ deserves a bit of extra time, after all when have they us let us down before?
Unfortunately a PC version of GTA5 has yet to be announced, but seeing as the series has appeared on the popular platform multiple times before it’s a safe bet that it’ll turn up there at some point or another.
What’s really interesting about this delay is that it puts a new spin on the chance of Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles appearing in this calendar year.
Surely either of those console makers would give their collective right leg, arm, and ventricle to make Grand Theft Auto V a platform exclusive, even if it was just for a short amount of time, and the fact that either party hasn’t been able to come to an agreement with Rockstar adds more weight to the argument that the PS4 or Xbox 720 won’t appear in 2013.
Either that or the architecture for both systems is so radically different to either the coding framework for the PS3 and Xbox 360, that it wouldn’t be worth the substantial time and effort on Rockstar’s part to port the game up to the next generation hardware.
Obviously this is all just speculation, but with Microsoft and Sony both keeping their plans to themselves what else are we all supposed to do?
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