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Say GTA V is Delayed, Get Hacked


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Several employees from a marketing firm called “Rantic” seem to have been speaking to a few journalists lately and telling them that GTA V is not only going to be delayed (cause yep, there are rumors of that happening too) but it will be CANCELLED!?

The story goes that Rantic was some sort of off-shoot (or otherwise related) to Rockstar North and the launch of Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and that, we guess, based on that they have the inside word on what Rockstar is planning? Yup, it’s weak.

Rantic have apparently even gone so far as to post these developments/beliefs on their website, which has since been hacked and taken over by members of 4chan (screenshot above). They say that Rockstar never even wanted to release a PC version of GTA, but was forced to due to public demand… Rantic mustn’t have heard of GTA: SA and GTA IV each being on PC then?

We guess the moral of the story is, don’t make such massive claims without hard evidence, or a stronger server… or even better, don’t make them about a game as popular and anticipated as GTA V for PC!


Rumor Buzz from Gamescom – GTA V for PC Delayed Until 2015


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If you’re a fan of Grand Theft Auto V (OK, stupid question…) then the general “GTA V buzz” at Gamescom this year would not have been to your liking.

Although GTA 5 Cheats couldn’t attend in person, we’ve heard from several sources that there was plenty of gossip at this year’s famous German game fair that GTA V for PC would not be released until the first half of 2015… at the earliest!

This would be a pretty major delay and change from the only official announcements from Rockstar Games on the matter – until now they’ve only commented via the original announcement that a PC version was coming, along side versions for the Xbox One and Playstation 4, in Autumn this year.

In what could be interpreted as another bad sign, there was also no mention of the next-gen versions of the game at the show, which is somewhat ominous if it is indeed going to be launched within the new few months!

One issue which GTA 5 Cheats recently highlighted is that the nailing down the online portion of the game, GTA Online, might be particularly hard for the PC version. Rockstar has struggled to contain all the glitching in GTA Online for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3… and one can easily imagine glitching on a PC version of the game being taken to a whole new level.

We’ll update you as soon as we hear more… but just remember, at least at the moment, that Autumn is still very much the goal – we can’t wait to play GTA V on other systems either!


Heists Are Officially Delayed


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This Saturday is the first day of summer, so by this point we kind of suspected that the new GTA Online heists weren’t going to be released this spring like they were planned to. Ever since they were first announced, fans have asked after each update when the heists would be coming, and now we have official confirmation that they’ve been delayed.

In an update to the announcement about the new DLC we discussed yesterday, Rockstar said:

“We know many fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Online Heists that we had planned to release for you this spring, and they are taking more time to create than originally anticipated. We are very sorry for the delay, and are working hard to bring them to you as soon as we can.”

It’s too bad they didn’t give us a release window or an indication of how long the delay will be, but at least we know. Some fans think Rockstar deliberately delayed the heists to release them alongside the Xbox One, PS4, and PC ports of GTA V, while others think all the glitches and issues suffered by GTA Online disrupted the plan. Whatever the case may be, we’ll keep you updated.


GTA Online Lawsuit Dismissed


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Grand Theft Auto V was released on September 17 2013, but its online component, GTA Online, was delayed until October 1. Just three days later on October 4, Bruce McMahon and Christopher Bengtson filed a class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that since GTA Online was not available at the same time the game launched, but was still sold at a “premium” price, the companies were guilty of false advertising with GTA V.

The case moved to federal court in November, and this Wednesday, the court passed its ruling. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips dismissed the case against Take-Two and Rockstar, because nothing on the game’s packaging promised that GTA Online would be available immediately, and it in fact warned people that some players might not have access to certain features, including the online gameplay.

We find it difficult to believe that someone would feel cheated when GTA Online was only delayed by two weeks, but a few players still seem to feel McMahon and Bengtson were justified. Nevertheless, the case has been dismissed, and Take-Two and Rockstar are in the clear.

Nice to see the justice system working like it should!


Rockstar Confirms No Delay, Gameplay Video Soon & More


Rockstar just posted an extremely informative “Asked & Answered” which addresses several of the most common questions people have about GTA V. Is there a delay? When will we see gameplay? How many discs is the Xbox 360 version? What about multiplayer? A PC version? How customizable are cars and weapons? What about cheating in multiplayer? All this and more is answered below, direct from the horses mouth. Enjoy!

PS: We have a new screenshot too:

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Will GTA 5 be delayed?

There’s nothing to worry about, so we aren’t quite sure what you’re smelling! GTAV will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th.

Will there be a PC version of GTA V?

The only versions of the game that we have announced are for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 which are set for a September 17th worldwide release. We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now.

How many discs will the Xbox 360 version of the game be?

Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs.
This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space. If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance. For PlayStation 3, the game ships on one disc and will install content as soon as you insert the game. The install is roughly 8GB, and players will be able to play as soon as the install is complete.

How customizable with weapons and vehicles be?

Without going into detail just yet, we can tell you that both will be very customizable – with a range of weapon upgrades as well as some very deep car customization. Stay tuned for more very soon.

When we will see a gameplay trailer?

Yes. Soon (or in September if you don’t want to see it before you play it… it’s up to you) – the first Official Gameplay Video is on its way…

What about multiplayer information?

Expect to hear some first details soon – it’s called Grand Theft Auto Online and we’re very excited to unveil it for you sometime this summer.

How will cheating in multiplayer be covered? (something we are against by the way – GTA 5 Cheats endorses official cheats only!)

Ever since Grand Theft Auto IV was released, we’ve continued to integrate newer and stronger methods of cheat detection and prevention for each of our games. While we have yet to reveal specifically what new anti-cheating measures we have planned for GTAV, rest assured that we’re focused on creating as level a playing field and as fair, fun (and healthy as you say) an experience as possible for everyone. There will always be some people who want to cheat but we are going to do our best to stop it. We have spent a lot of time and effort making an incredible Online experience and proper support is part of that package.


Should Fans be Compensated for GTA V Delay?


Days and weeks removed from the heart shredding announcement that GTA V won’t see the light of day until the middle of September, fans are still fuming about the delay. Fuming, and ranting, and raving, and moaning, and complaining, amongst other things. In fact angry fans have even gone so far as to all but demand of Rockstar (on their official forums and website) that it compensate for the delay by going out of their way to share new information about GTA V – we want new info, now!

The delay itself isn’t exactly surprising. Many major games (heck even many minor, crummy games) see development delays and have their releases pushed back, and this is always accompanied by the usual moaning and groaning from the eager fanbase. As much as fans can try and console themselves with the fact that the delay is probably for a good reason, the reality is that fans already have lofty expectations, and anticipate the game of their dreams. So delays aren’t going to make fans jump for joy thinking they’re going to be getting a much better game when it finally comes out; they already expect the perfect game. So delays are just delays, and delays suck.

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However, demanding the company to compensate them for their GTA V-induced pain and suffering is going a little far. It’s not Rockstar’s job to provide fans with constant trickles of information regarding their game, and certainly not because they owe it to anyone. It’s their job to make the best game they can. Anything else is just icing, or gravy, or apple sauce, or bacon bits, or whatever you want to put on top of your delectable GTA V main course. Certainly, Rockstar should be aiming to keep their fans happy, but major marketing blunders aside (like, for instance if they called their fan base a bunch of whiny twerps who should shut their pieholes), there’s really no chance these fans will NOT be first in line to purchase the game on the day of its eventual release.

In fact, sensible fans should probably be happy to see the game disappear from the limelight for a few months so they can just forget about it and concentrate on other things and other games until the release date gets nearer, and that would also mean it’s not so hair-pullingly aggravating to think about the remaining wait time for GTA V’s release. It will actually become something to look forward to then.

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As off-base as these rabid and raging fans may be, it must be said that it’s still surprising that Rockstar hasn’t made any effort to provide us with some additional news on the game since the delay announcement a few weeks back. We’ve really received nothing official from them since, other than a refute of some of the rumors that began circulating as to why the game was delayed. Not brilliant PR, but they’re a game company, and making games should be their primary concern, not investing unnecessary resources into marketing and public relations.

What’s your take? Should Rockstar go out of their way to please their sad, sad fans at this point, or should we suck it up and let Rockstar focus on finishing their game?


GTA V Too Big For Its Own Good?


It was several days ago that Rockstar gave all us rabid GTA fans a nightstick to the gut when they announced the delay of Grand Theft Auto V from late spring/early summer to September 17. This is, of course, nothing new in the videogame world. More than any other form of media, videogames are prone to delays for numerous reasons.

Bug testing/quality assurance is a common one. Games are vast jumbles of code, and that code doesn’t simply write itself (in fact, we’re still waiting on someone to write some killer code that will write its own code!). What’s more, you also need to make sure everything is structured and performs as one would expect. Bug testing often uncovers hundreds of little errors or inconsistencies that require fixing, then the whole process has to take place again to ensure those fixes haven’t interfered with something else.

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In other cases, developers are simply over-ambitious in determining the time, manpower, and resources it will take to see their creation brought to fruition. All it takes is a delay in one department to hold up work in other departments, potentially bringing the whole thing to a grinding, screeching halt.

Then there are developers who are simply not satisfied with their work and want to add more and more gaming goodness to their magnum opus (kick-ass game). This is a challenge every good developer faces, as it’s a rare occurrence that a company is ever completely satisfied with what they’ve wrought. There is always more that can be done; more content, more refinement, more secrets, more anything and everything!

In GTA V’s case, it’s probably safe to assume that the delay is due to a little (or a lot) of all three. Of the three however, the latter is the most likely cause of the extended development time. And while that’s certainly noble, it raises the question of GTA V is perhaps a little bigger, and a little more ambitious, than it really needed to be.

The world will be gargantuan, and in fact larger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and San Andreas – combined! While you wrap your head around that (and it may take a while), consider also that there will be more vehicles than in any other GTA game, that you’ll be able to control three different protagonists and switch between them at will, and that you’ll be able to take those three heroes underwater, for a swim with the fishies (a literal one this time).

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Variety may be the spice of life, but bigger is not necessarily always better (I’m not gonna touch that one).  Does it really improve the game to have such a massive world? Or could it in fact even be a detriment to getting around, finding things, and completing missions? Do we really need three different characters to play? For a feature that is probably adding significantly to the development time, is that really going to improve GTA V in any meaningful way?

New features are great. More and more of everything is great. But eventually a point must be reached where the developers need to say “we’ve made a great game, now let’s get this baby in the hands of our waiting customers”. Sadly that point hasn’t been reached yet, and all we can do is hope that the delays are really worth the wait. To finish with an overused cliché – only time will tell!


GTA 5 Officially Delayed Until September


The video game industry’s weatherman, Michael Pachter, was in some ways correct with the predictions he made earlier this week. Rockstar has confirmed the release date for GTA 5, but to everyone’s shock and horror it has been delayed until September 17 2013!

Yup, it’s official. Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed.

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Rockstar broke the news on its blog and put the delay down to needing more time to polish and finish up its flagship title…

We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV 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.

Gamers everywhere are (of course) everything from disappointed, to abusive, to straight up pissed. Some are even spreading conspiracy theories blaming the delay on the recent gun violence in the United States (which Rockstar has denied as utter nonsense).

So, the bottom line things are going to drag on for a bit more… Nothing you can do but suck it up and take it (that’s right, cancelling your preorder in protest won’t do jack). We still think that GTA V will be worth the wait!


Q1 2013 or Earlier GTA 5 Looking Less Likely


Take Two LogoTake Two recently held its annual shareholding meeting and while GTA 5 was mentioned, it was pretty much the only big game talked about that did not get a release date! This does not bode well for a release during Q1 2013, much less later this year (as much as we are all hoping/praying).

Grand Theft Auto V is in full development and is making substantial progress.

The recent GTA 5 screenshots were mentioned, along with TTWO CEO Strauss Zelnick saying that development of the game is progressing, but that was all I’m afraid folks.

Oh well, the more time they take, the better and more polished the final version of the game will be, right?