Rockstar Games has announced today, just about two hours ago, that the most anticipated game of the entire seventh generation of gaming, Grand Theft Auto V, has gone gold. This means that the gold master print of the disc has been sent off to manufacturing now that development has ceased and the game will begin its production run leading up to its September 17th release.
The news comes courtesy of Rockstar's official website [via NerdVice] where the company explicitly confirmed that development was finished and the game was primed and ready to be released, stating...
We’re pleased to confirm that Grand Theft Auto V has officially gone gold and we’re now preparing the game for release on September 17th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, as many of you may already know, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTAV assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online.
The leak referenced in the statement occurred shortly after Grand Theft Auto V was made available for digital pre-load on the PlayStation 3's store on August 23rd, as reported by The Sixth Axis. The download was a massive 18 gigabyte (viz., and that is four gigabyte more than GTA IV, which clocked in at 14GB) but some individuals managed to not only download the game early but began posting media assets of the game online and letting loose spoilers for the community at large.
Rockstar, however, is not too pleased with the turnout of spoilers and mentioned in their brief posting about the game going gold that...
As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. GTAV represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17th.
They're certainly a lot nicer about spoiler leaks than those chaps over at Reddit and a few other sites, where imminent and permanent bans are being threatened for anyone who purposefully spoils the game in any way, either with a post or via a comment. I hate to say it but some people have more Nazi in their blood than Hitler.
And since I'm out of anything interesting to say from here on out, it's time to fill out the rest of the word count with the proverbial advertorialism. If you don't care about any of this stuff you're free to go.
GTA V is Rockstar's latest and final open-world game for the current generation of gaming. The team has decided to go all out with a massive world that's bigger than GTA IV, Read Dead Redemption and GTA: San Andreas combined. The game sports tons of mini-games, a new overhauled multiplayer mode with custom content and three playable protagonists. The game is set for release on September 17th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version might be inbound at a later... no one knows, it's just a rumor right now.