After numerous rumours of a date it has been confirmed that the game will come out September 17th 2013, but at the cost of a delay from this spring.
Rockstar released the news with this to say:
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
Rockstar have a history of releasing games once they feel it is ready and only when they are happy to have their name on it. With how large the scope of the game seems to be, such a delay isn’t too suprising. This however doesn’t mean it won’t ruffle some fans feathers. Four months can seem like a long time for a desperate gamer. It is by no means a bad thing and gives the dev team more time to make a better game.
How do you feel about the delay? Sad? Not bothered? Did you expect it?