This “news announcement” is so epic it deserves a post of its own…
Yup, Rockstar has announced that the very first gameplay trailer for Grand Theft Auto V will be unveiled tomorrow at 10am EST, 9 July. It’s been such a long time coming that we, along with pretty much the rest of the internet and gaming community, literally can’t wait!
Stay tuned and be here at 10 Eastern time July 9!
Here’s what’s happened in the last few days. Someone noticed this page at the E3 Insider website (which is an official website, by the way – it is linked to from the main E3 website) which says that Take-Two games is bringing Grand Theft Auto V to E3 this year.
This has surprised everyone since just last month, during its FY13 financial results briefing, Take-Two (parent company of Rockstar Games) said, “this year our labels will not have a booth on the [E3] show floor.” Equally surprising is the listing for a PC version of the game – “Platform: PC Xbox 360 PS3″. Does this mean that a PC version of GTA 5 will be announced at E3 in a few days?
We think it’s safe to say that there will be some sort of “Grand Theft Auto presence” at E3. Whether any new information will be released however is another question entirely. For example, Take-Two might just have a simple GTA 5 booth with pre-order and collector’s edition information. Just because GTA will be at E3 in some form does not mean that any new announcements will be made.
Furthermore, announcing a PC version of the game would make absolutely no sense with only 105 days left to the release either. Rockstar have remained tight lipped on the PC issue (effectively saying they have no PC plans), so why break their silence with something so massive and also take the shine off the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game (which, coincidentally, it has recently been heavily promoting the collector’s editions and preorders for). It makes absolutely no sense. For this reason we think that the inclusion of a “PC” label on the E3 Insider listing for the game is most likely a mistake (they happen – Amazon Germany of all places has been saying GTA 5 is coming to PC for weeks).
Either way, all this is purely (and we think, reasonable) speculation. We will be glued to E3 to see exactly what does happen! It kicks off June 11.
It’s on…. Grand Theft Auto V has an official worldwide release window of spring 2013 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Rockstar told the world today and also let us know: (1) pre-orders will begin starting 5 November next week; and (2) all whole heap of new information will also come out next month.
Spring starts March 20 next year in the United States so look for a release between then and June, although a firm date will probably be known well beforehand. Interesting that there is no mention of a PC version, although one will undoubtedly come out at some stage. In fact, Rockstar seem to have been so inundated with PC comments they’ve added the following to the announcement:
For those asking about the PC platform, we’re currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.
Last October, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was released for the PSP, and on June 6, it will make its way to the PlayStation 2, with an MSRP of $19.99. The PS2 release was originally planned for April, but was delayed. A spring/summer release is unusual for the GTA series, as it favors October, but since the game is just expanding to a new console, it’s understandable.
This is great news for fans who have been anxious to return to GTA III’s Liberty City on a console, particularly since many players don’t own a PSP. So far, the number of PSP units shipped hasn’t quite crossed 20 million, compared to the PS2’s 100 million.
Liberty City Stories for the PSP was rated M, so we can expect the same for the PS2 version, even though it has yet to be listed. Additionally, many retailers still list the price as $29.99. In light of the MSRP, you might want to hold off on your preorder until the price changes, or at least until you read the retailer’s price drop policy.