GTA 5: Rockstar apologises for silence, doesn't want to spoil surprises

"We want to keep plenty back for the actual game release."

The life of a Grand Theft Auto 5 fanatic is a lonely one, consisting of scrolling down Rockstar Newswire threads in search of the yellow post backgrounds that denote official Rockstar commentary. Posting in the comments to its GTA 5 release date announcement, the studio has reassured fans that the shortage of news isn't down to inexplicable malice, or to some grand marketing plan - there's simply nothing to report right now, though Rockstar does concede that it'd rather not spoil aspects of the game ahead of time.

"As we have said before, we have often had long gaps between asset releases on previous games and will continue to do so in the future," reads one comment. "We are sorry if you find this frustrating, but please understand, we don't do this because we 'don't care about our fans', 'don't respect our fans', 'hate GTA fans etc' - precisely the opposite!


"We do it because we want to make sure we only release 100% correct information, and because we want to keep plenty back for the actual game release so there are still lots of surprises when you play it."

The developer declined to give details of when exactly it would reveal more. "Sorry, we can't provide a timeline as to when you can expect more info or media from GTAV. Right now we're just bunkered down busy working on the game and aren't ready to share anything new - please be patient and of course there will be more to see in the months leading up to game release. Thank you."

I was, however, able to glean a couple of concrete specifics by dint of much intrepid scrolling. To whit, official Grand Theft Auto 5 Gamerpics for Xbox Live and PSN are a possibility. "We might have something like that for PSN and Xbox Live in the future, but we haven't announced anything yet."

There's also this intriguingly non-committal response to a query about whether the game will be sold as a digital edition. "We haven't announced the possibility of a downloadable version for GTAV, but of course the game will be available in stores for PS3 and Xbox 360." Would you prefer a disc-less GTA 5?

Literally everything it's currently possible to know about the game can be read in our GTA 5 info round-up. Peruse at your leisure.