Grand Theft Auto V pushed back to September

Rockstar Games has finally slapped a release date on Grand Theft Auto V, but it’s a lot later than expected.

The publisher’s open-world crime opus will launch on September 17, 2013. Rockstar had previously said the game—one of our most anticipated games of the year—would be out this spring.

“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,” Rockstar wrote in a blog post. “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.”

Grand Theft Auto V, which arrives in September, will be set in Los Santos. Rockstar Game says the world of GATV is larger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTAIV combined.

For now, the game is set to launch on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. However, Rockstar vice president of creativity Dan Houser said everything else is “up for consideration” when asked by IGN last November about the possibility of PC and Wii U versions. There’s also been some speculation that GTAV would come to next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but of course Rockstar hasn’t said anything on that front.

Grand Theft Auto V returns players to Los Santos—essentially a mock Los Angeles—for the first time since 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game focuses on three protagonists who work together to carry out their crimes—when they’re not just running amok in the open world setting, that is. Rockstar has said that the world of GTAV is larger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTAIV combined.

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