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Official launch date is September 17

If you've been counting down the days until Grand Theft Auto V arrives, Rockstar has offered up some bad news. The game was originally expected to launch in the spring of 2013, which meant sometime in the next couple months. Rockstar has now changed that official launch date and added a significant delay.

“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.”

Rockstar announced today that the official launch date for GTA V is September 17, 2013. The company admits that that is about four months later than originally planned. However, Rockstar promises that the delay will be worth it. As for the official reason the game has been delayed, Rockstar only says that the delay is to allow more development time.

Rockstar wrote, "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."

When the game launches on September 17, it will be available for the Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3. Reuters reports that some analysts believe GTA V could make as much as $1 billion in retail sales. The last game the franchise, Grand Theft Auto IV, has sold over 25 million copies since it launched in 2008.

Sources: Rockstar Games, Reuters

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RE: Take all the time you need...
By RufusM on 2/1/2013 11:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
If I look at the value of a $60 game of this type of caliber it's usually pretty good. If you can spend 60 hours having a great time playing it, that's only $1/hr for fun time without having to go anywhere. I spend more than that on most other forms of entertainment. I don't game as much any more either, so so I just pick a few games I really want to play every year.

On the other hand, if you want to wait until it's discounted you can buy a used one a few months after release for probably $20-30 depending on the market.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By Ammohunt on 2/1/2013 11:50:13 AM , Rating: 2
Its been awhile since i have seen a game worth $60 factor that i have 3 other gamers in the house that might want to play. So $60 x 4 busts my entertainment budget real quick. Compare that to say Minecraft $26 x 4 money well spent My whole family can play for $100 thats an extremely good good value and perhaps the reason Minecraft is going gang busters right now.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By Flunk on 2/1/2013 12:58:20 PM , Rating: 2
Try borderlands 2, I think I've put 80 hours into that one at this point and I'm starting another playthrough.

Besides, it's highly subjective. I got bored of Minecraft really fast.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By HostileEffect on 2/1/2013 1:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't matter if its a game or movie. $60 is too much for anything other than a well done collectors edition. Ex, World of Warcraft set or complete Startrek collection.

I recently got a reminder on why I stopped buying anything other than media proven to be worth the dollar. Bought a show on DVD thinking it was the full season, find out in the small print on the back its only episodes 1-4. Got the season one in full 1080 else were.

I hope GTA is worth the price they ask, I still have memories of ripping up Vice City.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By SPOOFE on 2/1/2013 4:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
$60 is too much for anything other than a well done collectors edition.

Nonsense. I spent $60 on Skyrim at launch and totally got far more than my money's worth, even without any mods.

If it's not worth $60 TO YOU, well, that's a significantly different statement.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By RufusM on 2/1/2013 4:51:12 PM , Rating: 3
It all depends on the games you value.

For me Skyrim and Far Cry 3 are worth the $60/game admission. Many hours of fun over months and months is hard to beat for that kind of price. I wouldn't pay $60/game for a racing game or a fighting game though. For me, those just don't have the value.

The most I paid for a game was $95 for Shining Force 2 back in the Genesis day. I played that for countless hours then so it was worth it to me.

By Ammohunt on 2/1/2013 3:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
Thats funny borderlands 2 was the game i was considering forking out the cash for before i found DayZ.

RE: Take all the time you need...
By ShaolinSoccer on 2/2/2013 12:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding? I been buying brand new games for less than $5 through Steam, Origin and Gamefly. Not to mention I wait for new top console games to be at LEAST $20 before buying. I haven't bought a "used" game in years. Can you imagine how much money I have saved over the years buy not being that guy who thinks he needs to have the latest and greatest thing for $60 right when it comes out? Games aren't drugs. You don't "need" to buy them on day 1.

By HostileEffect on 2/3/2013 3:30:07 AM , Rating: 2
If you intend to play only the single player portion then no you don't need to be there on day one. If you want to play multiplayer then you do need to be there at launch or your getting left in the dust and the game will be cheated up and barren by the time it reaches the cheap bin.

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