Rockstar says the game needs a bit more time in the oven before it’s ready for release.
Excitement turned to anguish this week as Rockstar, who had been rumored to be setting a May release date for the game, instead announced that the game had been delayed until September. “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,” said Rockstar. “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.”
You only get one shot at releasing a game, so the extra development time will certainly go a long way towards cleaning up whatever quality concerns Rockstar might have. Still, with a new generation of consoles on the horizon, one can only imagine that such a long delay was not an easy call to make.