Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto V's release date announced, Rockstar's lips still sealed over PC

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Grand Theft Auto 5

Rockstar have announced that the official release date for GTA 5 will be September 17th. That's a fairly significant delay over the previous, albeit vague, launch window of Spring 2013. Of course, so far the game has only been officially announced for consoles. That means the PC version, if one is even being planned, will likely arrive many months after that date - probably sometime in 2014.

A statement from Rockstar explains 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. 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."

Still no word on the game's PC arrival then. Despite a popular petition (currently on 148,620 signatures), the last official statement we heard was Dan Houser claiming that PC support was merely "up for consideration".

That said, the fact that every other GTA has eventually smashed its way through our Windows - usually 6-12 months after the console release - is a pretty strong hint that we will, eventually, get our hands on the game.