The brakes are on: Grand Theft Auto 5 delayed until April 2013
Take-Two Interactive bump latest instalment of cult video game into the New Year
GAMERS eagerly awaiting the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, the latest instalment of the hugely popular video game, will have to wait until April to get their mitts on the crime epic, according to Videogamer.com.
GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive broke the news in a conference call with investors yesterday, explaining that the company had put the release date back into their next financial year, despite rumours that the title might have made it onto shelves for Christmas.
"With regard to the date for Grand Theft Auto 5, spring 2013, we make those announcements based on what we think is best to market the title... and we're thrilled with the way that is shaping up," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said.
If GTA 5 performs as well as its immediate predecessor, then 2013-14 will be a great fiscal year for Take-Two: GTA 4 shipped more than 3.6 million units on its first day, and grossed revenues in excess of $500 million after a week. By September 2011 it had sold 22 million copies.
One of the key drivers of the success of GTA 4, an open-world title where players can follow the mission structure of the game or just explore the richly populated landscapes, was the introduction of downloadable content (DLC) - two further episodes of the storyline were made available for XBox 360 owners.
Zelnick said GTA 5 would be "ground-breaking" and that "there's going to be a lot of interesting stuff" in regards to DLC.
Meanwhile, Rockstar, the New York-based developers behind the 15-year-old GTA franchise, announced that plans to release a trailer for the game had been set back by Hurricane Sandy.
"We are working on a second trailer - unfortunately Hurricane Sandy has derailed our plans somewhat but we will have something to show soon," Rockstar posted on their website.
"It's hard to be precise as we have no power whatsoever in our New York office. We hope everyone else in affected areas is doing okay."