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GTA 5 delay: Rockstar slams "abusive" fans, rubbishes "conspiracy theories"

"Sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment."

Last week's news that Grand Theft Auto 5 will release four months later than originally planned hasn't gone down well among certain, angrier GTA fans. Rockstar has appended a comment to the offending Newswire piece, warning commentators that playground behaviour won't be tolerated.

"Hey all, we understand many of you guys are disappointed with this news," reads the post. "Unfortunately sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment, and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV.

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"However this does not give you free reign to be abusive in comments," it goes on. "The general rules of common courtesy, decency and behavior as listed above the Comment Box still apply here, therefore anyone continuing to post abusive comments will have their privileges suspended."

The publisher isn't particularly amused by attempts to read between the lines, either. "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."

"For those of you asking about the official box art, that will be coming out a bit later as well. Thank you all for understanding."

The bit about "conspiracy theories" presumably covers my own suggestion that the new Grand Theft Auto will see release on both current and next generation machines, the latter of which are widely predicted to arrive in the winter. I'm sticking to my guns on that one: Rockstar has, after all, begun work on a next generation game engine. What are your thoughts?

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