Rockstar shoots down GTAV delay conspiracy theories

Developer says such theories are "all nonsense," there were no ulterior motives for four-month delay.

Rockstar Games has shot down conspiracy theories related to Grand Theft Auto V's recent four-month delay. Writing on the company's website, Rockstar said GTAV's delay from spring to September was for quality purposes and nothing else.

"To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense," the company said. "Literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be."

Shares of Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive and specialty retailer GameStop tumbled following GTAV's delay last week. The companies have since rebounded.

In addition, Rockstar confirmed that GTAV's official box art will be revealed "a bit later." The box art was previously slated to debut in January.

GTAV is due out September 17, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Wii U and PC versions are "up for consideration," according to Rockstar Games cofounder Dan Houser.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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AenaosMonomaxos
AenaosMonomaxos

Let's hope it has the atmsphere of Vice City,the gameplay of GTA IV,the size in missions of San Andreas.But i believe in R★

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

What other theories are there supposed to be?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Conspiracy theories being nonsense? No way! 

As if conspiracy theories, no matter how absurd they may be, ever stopped people from making them and continuing to believe and try to make others believe them.

geitenvla
geitenvla

Conspiracy theories!? For real? lol

xtiansk8
xtiansk8

I really dont care about if it's the same engine or what not. I'm still buying this. It's GTA V Oo

PurpleSmile
PurpleSmile

yep same engine. look for the leaked gameplay. its the same, the running everything. so meh. they'll keep delaying this game..

AmongShadows
AmongShadows

Hell yeah! Make it good! ROCKSTAR'S GONNA ROCK THE GAMING WORLD BABY!

fluffy_puppy666
fluffy_puppy666

Im not really excited about this game. Are they using the same engine as gta4? That engine is just so old, not only the graphics, but the gameplay will be affected by this old dumb engine.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

so no pc vita or wiiu version rockstar continuing to be lazy! 

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

I am happy about the next installment in the franchise. Delays happen. I am not thrilled about it but what can you do. However, I will say that anyone coming up with conspiracy theories needs to get laid.

Philly04
Philly04

Seriously, I am disappointed. At least I suffer with others. More time to put a fair $ aside for the special edition releases, but there goes my starting semester. Fluff!

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Do not question the great and mighty R*....

snugglebear
snugglebear

I'm just happy the game is coming out, period. Ah needs mah fix!

in_your_realm
in_your_realm

Can anyone enlighten me as to what these conspiracy theories are? I can't think of how a conspiracy theory could be related to a game.

Neo10-8
Neo10-8

I don't know if anyone noticed this but Rockstar delayed the release of every GTA game since vice city. So this was to be expected and i don't complain. Rockstars people are perfectionists... the quality of the game can only increase.

ilantis
ilantis

The reason the game was delayed is because CJ spawned a harrier in the middle of their studio and they have to remove it

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Why not put out the PC version at the same time as the console release?

Dasim64
Dasim64

I still think they'd be smart to wait for next gen as long as it isn't too far off. The new systems are really going to bring a massive change to what's possible on consoles. GTA V could really benefit from that. Of course if it ends up being mid to late 2014 before those come out then I don't see them waiting. If' it ends up being late this year they should wait or at the very least announce a high grade version for the new systems.

RevanBlake
RevanBlake

well atleast give us a new trailer or a bit of gamepaly


wowski13
wowski13

The exact same thing happened with GTA 4 and that turned out pretty well!

relapse_the_og
relapse_the_og

I love how people are surprised..when was the last time rockstar actually released a game on the first "date " specified??  never.  When you make incredible games they take time..

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

For PC gamers (as me) you should've already known this is Rockstar's policy in selling GTAs.
They do not confirm a PC version in their latest games, they just say "we'll think about it", to get as more sales as possible for the consoles first. Some months later, the PC version is announced. So the incomes of the PC sales is a "bonus" for them.
Rockstar's a genius company in this.

so_hai
so_hai

You should be more suspicous if they move the release date FORWARD, not backward.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Hey at least it's not in development limbo like Final Fantasy Versus XIII. As long as the game came out good, it'll be worth the wait.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Conspiracies about a delayed game? Are you kidding me? My god people are fucking stupid. Sorry, sorry,  but that's just how I feel.

00J
00J

They're trying to lay low with all the gun Bullshit.

DanMishler
DanMishler

@mariokart64fan There are a total of 17 people who want it on the ps vita, and about 23 that want it on the underpowered WiiU.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@in_your_realm I honestly don't know and I don't think I want to know. It will only make me do a few facepalms.

Philly04
Philly04

@Neo10-8  With all honesty, with every GTA I never knew of the new installments and release dates until this one. Wish I was still in the dark of ignorance. } (

itchyflop
itchyflop

@Chaos_1990 and you guys (pc) get a hyped up version of the game (as you should), and wow this ones gonna be so fkng good

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

That is the only logical answer since GTA does allow you to go on massacres and that is the hot topic in the US right now. Last thing we need is another nut copying this game.

00J
00J

i say f*#K em all, guns are here to stay. duck...


relapse_the_og
relapse_the_og

@ChaosUndivided it is morons like you who believe people who commit these mass murders are copying a videogame... when will be people take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming a videogame.. what about the national media who glorify these people?? Don't you think they may have a hand in this if you are going to be pointing fingers...  cancel your gamespot account and please stop commenting on something you over heard on the news....people will kill people no matter what, they didn't have videogames for hundreds of thousands of years..now all of a sudden its the reason people go crazy..

tightwad34
tightwad34

@ChaosUndivided It doesn't matter what game is involved as long as there is violence to justify blaming it in the eyes of "them". GTA gets the blame because it's very popular.

G-Man4ever
G-Man4ever

@Chaos_1990 @itchyflop I doubt that you can call "bonus" ~1/2 of a games income. as for "up for consideration" is pretty obvious. they hint as it is feasible. unlike RDR where they said from the get-go that it is unlikely. either way, i am not going to preorder this game. they play a lousy and unfair game of cat and mouse. i will wait for the reviews.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Chill loser and take your meds. I love violent games. I just don't want congress to be able to use this game as an excuse to further there campaign against shootings and gun control.  Also by the way you totally blew the comment out of proportion leads people to think that you are one of these people with a rage problem that the goverments use as an example of someone who loses there mind of such petty things. I'm glad I am not talking to you in person the way you reacted to the comment you would most likely try to attack me physically.

Neo10-8
Neo10-8

@relapse_the_og  Here in Europe there are also mass murderers and guns are ilegal. The only difference here is that the goverment doesn't point fingers to the media but instead study the psychology of the criminal. The same happens in China but most videogames are banned. So i agree. People will keep killing people, the only diffrence between now and the past is that the news covers a lot more of them so it can't be ignored.

chris120379
chris120379

@scatterbrain007 @so_hai well ive played every GTA since the first one and loved every one of them. I still havent shot a single person during my lifetime. so no, videogames r not to blame.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Remember the game Manhunt. The info is all there google it.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

@so_hai I'm not sure where you're from, but in the U.S. lately there have been quite a few mass shootings by crazy people.  Kind of started with a shooting in a movie theatre during a showing of the latest Batman movie, and several innocents were killed. The guy just wen into the theatre armed with assault rifles and pistols. Then there was another one in a Mall in one of the Northern states I can't remember which.  The latest one was just over the Christmas Holiday here in America, when another crazy "nut" went into an elementary school and killed several children no more than 6 and 7 years of age.  In my opinion it really has nothing to do with violent video games. These people were very disturbed or just heartless I'm not sure which.