GTAIV rolling out April 29

Latest in the Grand Theft Auto series to be released worldwide in just over three months for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

One of the most anticipated games of 2008 has been given a firm release date. Rockstar Games has issued a statement saying that Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto IV will be released simultaneously for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide on April 29. A release date of April 25 had previously been rumoured for the UK, though some leaks of US retail materials pointed to a March release. It had originally been set for an October 2007 release, and its shock delay to 2008 was blamed on the "time-intensive nature" of dual-platform development.

The latest iteration of the series follows the adventures of Eastern European immigrant Nikolai Bellic as he searches Liberty City for an as-yet-unnamed person from his past. The release, which some analysts see as having the potential to outsell Halo 3, could provide a major boost for Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive, which has struggled financially over recent quarters.

For more information about Grand Theft Auto IV, see GameSpot's recent preview.

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jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

hey guys, remember me and my awesum posts? good times..good times... i was the best. and you my friends, are very welcome :)

eddman19
eddman19

AND What about the PC Version Hope they remeber to add the Nvidia drivers (oh no another month to add them I bet) Level off the Polotictions and Release the game already... YOU don't want Chaos on real world scale by not releasing the game DO YOU......

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

Remember - it's a leap year. That means we have an extra 24 hours to wait. Darn you, Feb 29th!

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

TonyGunzNY lol me 50hours on release day or till i pass out then a month after that of solid play.. slowly expanding over the rest of the year lol for days it gta days just dont cover it :)

zhevox
zhevox

3 months?? wtf are take-two crazy? do it now! SURPRISE US with good news! not BAD news!

TonyGunzNY
TonyGunzNY

GONNA HAVE ME LOCKED IN MY ROOM FOR DAS

XanderKage
XanderKage

Damn... The PC port will probably arrive mid-fall '08... I can't wait that long!!!

josmith733
josmith733

@ OvakilCSB What are you talking about?

OvakilCSB
OvakilCSB

man i am so disapointed that they are not putting this on ps3 it brakes my heart that gta was on ps1 before xbox was even thought of and there not putting in on my console the same the same the SAME

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Release it already! I am waiting to pick this one up from the department store bargin bin! ekk.

Kotor_Loser
Kotor_Loser

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chalmerz2k7
chalmerz2k7

very niiice!!!! cannae wait like and any **** who says this is balls al knock em out!!!!

Orgil220
Orgil220

i knew it would be something end of the month dammit

GrimBee
GrimBee

The industry NEEDS this game, its plain and simple. GTA is unique and it brings in a load of people into the industry, and whether the government likes it or not (if hilary becomes president.... look out...) GTA is something that alot of people enjoy. Games let you in on things and let you explore it how you like. I can drive round in a GTA city, stopping at every light (fair enough, the odd lady ends up hopping into my ride..) but its up to me whether or not I should commit crimes or just drive about. This is why I hope there is more to it than just missions. Give everyone a bit of something to do. I don't play these kinds of games usually, but GTA is something I always take a pit-stop for :D Pretty much everyone has heard of grand theft auto, so the series is a massive part of the industry whether people like it or hate it. GTA III pretty much made the ps2 get its feet firmly in the ground, but now its on the 360 and ps3 - yet, it is STILL one of the biggest and most anticipated games ever. The thing about this game is that it will sell all year along, unlike alot of other games. A gta game brings in more people, and it sells more consoles.

dt2003
dt2003

I was hopin this was coming out mid March, but now I have to wait till almost May to play this game...sucks.

manikair
manikair

Its funny that all these people are saying how its going to ruin their GCSE's, especially as the game is an 18.

R-Force
R-Force

reply to "rmt69" Stay the course bro. Getting the work done first is always more rewarding.

rmt69
rmt69

milan 89 so true. i've got my GCSE's just round the corner then which means i will have to forced myself to wait until july to buy it. COD4 is already ruining my mock exams nevers mind the real thing!

meharu
meharu

hmmm...wondering which console that caused the problems.

pro_gamer12345
pro_gamer12345

I could play other games and just wait till GTAIV's release. But I wish the game would be out sooner. =/

Milan89
Milan89

i'm a little bit upset because on those months (May-June) i have to begin to study for the university... I think that those months are not appropriate for such a game as GTA (witch is highly addictive)

xtermin8er93
xtermin8er93

why dont they just dont release it. Thats basically what there doing.

blackwar1
blackwar1

it's too long ,i can't wait from now to when this game is on my hand. But i am very happy when i know the day ,it 's rolling out ...

Jose_Rizal
Jose_Rizal

This will prolly take the same route as Manhunt 2. Banned. LOL. You guys are arguing over consoles for nothing. *goes back to play Wii bowling*

Lemur1987
Lemur1987

Unfortunately this site is riddled with 360 fan boys, inside and out, the point is this game will be the biggest to date even on one console eg. 360 or ps3 alone... Halo has never been anything more than a linear first person shoot 'em up with no depth, designed for people with the attention span of a 12 year old.

tarugista
tarugista

GTA series has always beaten, and will always beat video game sales records. Halo is not in even close to GTA's league. GTA..more addicting than herion or pussi!

Jose_Rizal
Jose_Rizal

The Wii version is gonna be the bomb. * goes back to play Wii bowling*

baltimore187
baltimore187

Hey WORLDCUPIRIAN201, the Ps3 ver. of the game will not feature any downloadable content only the 360 ver. of the game. Rockstar, the makers of GTA, has confirmed that the ps3 was the reason for the delay. They was having technical problems with sony's hardware and they wasn't trying to admit to that before until now. If you don't believe me go to computerandvideogames.com or you can google it with this title "PS3 THE REASON FOR GTA DELAY". You'll find the actual article on this. A rep at rockstar said that both ver. of the game will be identicle, but to play the "FULL" experience you'll have to get the xbox 360 version.

baltimore187
baltimore187

Well Guess we can all thank the ps3 ver for all the delays. But on the plus side of things we'll all be playing a better games thanx to to the delay. Still...to play the complete ver. of the game everyone will have to but the xbox 360 ver.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Im looking forward to just driving around and taking in the sights :D You know, I have all the GTA games - and fondly remember playing the first one when it first came out on the playstation (listening to the radio especially ;) ). But I have never, ever, completed a GTA game. I just love to roam around and unlock things. San Andreas is truely amazing, such a seamless and varied environment - and the selection of music was astounding for a game. Everything about the car physics to the exploration was just right. I have high-hopes for this game, however with things removed like planes etc - I really hope that there is more than just the city to explore. I have enjoyed how the series has given us more and more each time, building ontop of the already amazing engine. But taking away features... I just hope its full-featured and have places like out of the city to drive around. Otherwise san andreas on the PC is going to never get old ;)

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Any dual platform game has the potential to outsell Halo 3! But could just the 360 or PS3 version achieve that mark alone?

PaulDixon77
PaulDixon77

Yeah hope the six months extra dev time has been used to polish this to perfection. Lol when they say this has the potential to beat halo 3 on sales figures of course it does as it is dual release on both Xbox360 and Ps3 with it been the Ps3 biggest release to date they of course it has twice the potential audience.

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

It's about time they secured a final release date.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I sure hope they imrpvoed chatacter models and animations during this delay, because it almsot looks a little like the last version but in hi res.

flowdee79
flowdee79

Waaay too late. I hope they really are spending time on fixing bugs and glitches. If they are doing this then its worth it in the end. THE WAIT IZ KILLING ME

miltown
miltown

I think it just too long too wait. I mean c'mon...April? RockStar wants to deliver an great experience I understand that, but I was at least thinking that the game would be done a month earlier. Watch out for the penny and dime gauging because I bet what they're doing now is just making downloadable content. They may be finished with the game, but I bet they're only workin' on downloadble content now... BUT IM STILL BUYING IT!!! Go APRIL!

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

a deadly storm is coming . the whole gaming industry will collapse. prepare yourself .

moe357
moe357

Cant wait till this comes out now, when i already pre-ordered now it official I have to wait nearly 95 days till it comes out on Tuesday April 29, 2008....

diablobasher
diablobasher

The_Pro_310: You don't understand politics do you. Give them one chance, and they all want more. I didnt even mention the content of the game, just it's controversial nature will have them attempt to ban it if they succeed in banning Manhunt 2.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

meh give me saints row 2!!!!!!!!! actually give me driver 5 saints row 2 and gta iv and watch me never touch halo 3 ever again!! ill be getting this for ps3 and 360 same for saints row 2 lol

NoisyAssasin
NoisyAssasin

Its fine if they delay the release on account of the PS3, Il just delay buying it till its half price in return.