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GTA 5 release date is 17th September - "trust us, it will be worth the extra time"

Rockstar apologises for delay

Grand Theft Auto 5 will release on 17th September 2013, Rockstar has just announced. Bit of a shocker there.

"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," reads a post on the developer's site. "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."

What do you think? I'm thinking two words. Next. Gen. Rockstar has already revealed that it's working on a new engine for future consoles, which are tipped to launch in the winter. A cross-generational appearance for the new Grand Theft Auto is hardly out of the question, in the circumstances.

Here's everything it's possible to know about GTA 5 at the time of writing.