Midnight launches of Grand Theft Auto V for most of the world are literally just hours away so we thought it would be a good time to remind you which stores will in fact be open then! You can either quickly scan our tip sheet below, or otherwise use this tool over at Rockstar Games if you live in either North America or the UK.
Gamestop / EB Games Stores
- USA – Most Gamestop stores will be open at midnight.
- Canada – Most Gamestop and EB Games stores will be open at midnight.
- United Kingdom – Nothing announced.
- Australia – Game has been released already.
A lot of these stores are open 24/7 in both the United States and Canada, so give your local a call to check if they’ll be selling the game from midnight.
- USA – Nothing announced.
- Canada – Every Bestbuy store (except those in Quebec and Sudbury) will be open at midnight, plus they will re-open early at 8am on September 17.
Lots of GAME stores are doing midnight openings in the United Kingdom.
Every Future Shop store in Canada (except those in Quebec and Sudbury) will be open at midnight, plus they will re-open early at 8am on September 17.
If you pre-order Grand Theft Auto V on the European Playstation Network, you will be able to download the game, right now. The only problem being that you still won’t be able to play it until September 17…
As you can see in these images, gamers in Europe have discovered that if they pre-order GTA 5 via the PSN they can start pre-loading it. Basically this is when 99% of the games’ required files are downloaded to your device’s hard-drive, ready to go. Then when the official launch dates rolls around (September 17 in this case) you need to reconnect to the Playstation Network (or Steam or Origin, for example, if you were on PC) and download a small amount of data that will decrypt and unlock the game for you.
People have already tried unplugging their PS3s from the internet and moving the system date forward to no avail… Essentially the game sits there on your hard-drive, encrypted until you are able to download those final, crucial files on launch day. The message is: “This content is not available before the start date.”
Still pretty cool though right?
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.
I have some sad news. GTA 5 has not featured at E3 2012 and that does not bode well for the game being released this year. In fact, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter thinks the same thing and let investors know in a note recently released to investors:
There was no announcement of Grand Theft Auto V at the show, making a pre-holiday release less likely.
You just might get to know the release date itself by November this year though, with Pachter commenting further:
Company management confirmed that it would most likely notify retailers of a GTA release 3 – 4 months prior to launch, suggesting that a GTA release date announcement is virtually certain to occur by November.
Given the Take Two’s financial year end is 31 March 2013, there is a pretty good chance that it will be released before then (as covered previously)… giving us a possible release window of 3 months from 1 January 2013.
That said, Rockstar does like to do things a little differently, and a lot of people are not the slightest bit surprised GTA 5 didn’t feature at E3. Still, if we’re going to see it released this year, Rockstar must surely have a rather large announcement planned for some time soon.
What do you think?
It is a little hard to see, but the the latest Future Shop mailer (which is Canadian, btw) has some interesting surprises/information for fans of GTA 5 (and Max Payne 3).
Firstly, if you’re considering ordering Max Payne 3 and will definitely be buying GTA 5 (so… all of you!), then if you do it through Future Shop (which is owned by Best Buy), you’ll get $20 off a copy of GTA 5 when it’s released.
Secondly, if you take a closer look at the image above, you’ll see Future Shop have GTA 5 listed for a “Winter 2012″ release. In Canada, this is around the end of December (so lets call it the pre-Christmas period) through until March 2013. Of course we wouldn’t put any money on those dates being accurate, but a pre-Christmas launch would certainly be welcome!
By the way, Best Buy in the US (Future Shop’s parent company) are running a similar Max Payne 3 pre-order bonus for their customers, but from what I can tell it only entitles you to some free DLC. Don’t worry though, I’m sure there will be plenty of GTA 5 deals in the US closer to launch time!
One of the biggest things people what to know about GTA 5 is, when will it be released? A number of dates ranging from late 2012 to early 2013 have been put forward so far, but today might have just bought us the most credible release date leak yet.
Alex O’Dwyer is a character animator at Rockstar’s Edinburgh, Scotland studio – which just happens to be where GTA 5 is being developed. And what Alex has apparently done is list the release date for the game on his CV, which was posted online. So what’s the date according to Alex? October this year.
The CV was available here, but has since been removed. The game listing and its apparent release date was under a heading named “Shipped Titles” in his CV, presumably referring to games that have shipped and that Alex has worked on.
Rockstar has yet to comment, but we’ll be sure to update you when and if this happens!