Rockstar has officially announced a release date for Grand Theft Auto V, and it's not good news for fans of the series: the game is now delayed until September.
Originally pencilled in for a May launch, Grand Theft Auto will now not hit shop shelves until the 17th of September leaving fans of the series somewhat unreasonably venting their spleens on a 4,900-long comment thread attached to Rockstar Games' official announcement
. Worse, the scheduled launch date appears to only apply to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, with no news yet available regarding the company's plans for a PC launch.
'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
' a Rockstar spokesperson explained in the official announcement. 'GTA V 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.
That patience, it would seem, is in short supply. Gamers commenting on the announcement were quick to cry foul, with comments ranging from the delay being 'the saddest day of my life
' to one gamer claiming 'I don't think I have ever been this disappointed by a game
' - clearly having never been a fan of the Duke Nukem franchise. Some posters even claimed Rockstar was engaging in a conspiracy, delaying its title to launch on next-generation consoles - something Rockstar strenuously denies.
'To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense – literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be,
' the company claimed in an official response to the storm of comments, just after warning posters to refrain from being abusive in their comments - something that has seen several posts from the giant thread excised.