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Rockstar Games revealed the official release date for Grand Theft Auto V. The open-world crime game will hit the PS3 and Xbox 360 in September, making it one of the first big releases of the holiday season.

This fall Rockstar said that they were going to release GTA V in the Spring. However, they said today that they want additional development time. Considering the hype surrounding the game, I can't blame them. There's a lot of money at stake for both Rockstar and their parent Take-Two.

Yesterday an analyst speculated that this release date would be announced next week during Take-Two's latest earnings report. However, this game's release date does seem important enough to deserve its own separate announcement. The date would've overshadowed pretty much any other information announced during the Q3 report.

GTA V is set in the city of Los Santos, previously featured in last-gen title GTA: San Andreas. Players take on the role of three very different criminals: ex-con Michael, psychopath Trevor and former gangster Franklin. These three will team up to pull off some of the biggest heists the city has ever seen.

There was no mention of the PC in today's announcement. A possible PC version has been rumored for a few months now. It would've been nice to get confirmation of that version but Rockstar wants today's focus to be on the console release date.

Grand Theft Auto V will launch on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17th. The date applies to all territories.

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