Rockstar Games announced Grand Theft Auto V‘s release date today, saying that it will be coming out on September 17, 2013.
Though Rockstar had originally pinned for a Spring release for Grand Theft Auto V, the company ultimately decided that the game needed to be pushed back “in order to allow for additional development time.” In a blog post that went live this morning, the development team had this to say about the delay:
“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. [Grand Theft Auto 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.”
Grand Theft Auto V marks a return to the fictional city of Los Santos in the state of San Andreas, loosely based on present day Los Angeles and previously featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Unlike previous titles in the series, the game’s story is told through three different player-controlled protagonists with interconnected storylines. Previous features such as the mobile phone that first appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV returns, including a huge variety of vehicles than any game in the series. Grand Theft Auto V will also feature what Rockstar Games calls a “vibrant and fun” economy system, but also added that you won’t be able to buy real estate like in previous titles.