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Rockstar Games spent a great deal of last year plugging and promoting the release of Grand Theft Auto V, and although fans were bracing themselves for a Spring 2013 release, the publisher-developer has pushed the arrival date all the way back to September 17th. Those looking forward to a Summer immersed in the aesthetically-startling environments teased hitherto will be bitterly disappointed, and the momentum Rockstar has managed to generate may also take a severe hit.

GTA is one of the most recognized franchises when it comes to open-world action, and although it has been a long time since Grand Theft Auto IV, the promise of an April/May release was just about bearable for those fans desperate to get their fix.

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Naturally, Rockstar has assured gamers the delay will only amount to a better game once it eventually does arrive, and while this may be the case, its predictions – which touted the release as four months earlier than it is now saying – were clearly way too ambitious, and the company must have known for quite a while that it wasn’t going to meet the targets promised to would-be consumers.

The company has tried to play down what it describes as a “short delay,” although a Fall release for a title due before Summer is hardly what one many consider to be a minor hiccup. In a press release on the matter released today, the story goes:

Trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTA V 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

Rockstar then went on to apologize for the mix-up, and once the community ceases to lament over this rather lengthy delay, it will certainly be expecting the magic to happen once September 17th finally arrives.

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So, it looks as though 2013 may play out much in the same manner in which last year did; plenty of teasers and sneak previews of GTA V, with only the hope of a corresponding release. We’ll keep you posted should anything change, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!

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