Grand Theft Auto V Has a Release Date

Oh snap.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

Today, Rockstar Games announced the official release date for Grand Theft Auto V – September 17, 2013.

The company issued a letter to fans, explaining that this date is actually a few months after they original anticipated to release the game. However, it’s a delay meant to help fine tune the product to give GTA fans the game they deserve.

Here’s the letter in full:

Dear all

Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.

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.

To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.

The GTA Team

Mark your calendars.

Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline and co-host of Watch Us Play and the Next Gen News podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.