Rockstar Games dropped a bombshell earlier today when the developer revealed that Grand Theft Auto V will be delayed by four months. While Rockstar never really announced an exact release date it was speculated to be sometime around May.
Rockstar has confirmed that the official launch date for Grand Theft Auto V will be September 17th later this year. While most publishers have avoided announcing games during the latter half of this year like the plague, Rockstar has confidently pushed the game back close to the end of the year.
The obvious reason no publisher has revealed release dates going into the holiday season is due to the certainty that next gen console(s) will be announced for this year. Games tend to get lost during a generational transition as seen with Final Fantasy XII on the PS2.
However, GTA is a different beast altogether as gamers will surely scramble to buy it no matter which platform its on.
The news of the delay has caused civil unrest on Rockstar’s blog, with many lashing out the developer. Rockstar has threatened to suspend privileges to those that continue to abuse the developer. The one bright spot in all of this is that you will now have more time to play The Last of Us on the Ps3 in May.
Speaking of next gen consoles, Sony is sending out invites to an event a few days ahead of PlayStation Destination. While, PlayStation Destination is a regular affair held by Sony on an annual basis, the fact the company has invited investors could mean a PlayStation 4 announcement.
TheSixthAxis has discovered something interesting about the Playstation.com site. Apparently, attempting to go to this url: http://us.playstation.com/ps4/ will redirect you back to the main page. This is odd considering that no other url combinations work such as /PS5/ or /Orbis/ etc.. Clearly the redirect is a placeholder.
While I am hopeful that Sony will unveil the PS4 at the press event, it could also be an announcement of what Gaikai has been cooking up. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this event.