As well as concerning the hell out of mothers, religious groups and conservative politicians with its controversial games genre - Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto release date rumours are amongst the most anticipated in the gaming world and its latest game (GTA 5) is set to be no different.
In this article we will do all the Grand Theft Auto V hard graft for you. Not only will we have all of the latest release date and news for you in one tidy place, but here you will also be able to find the latest GTA 5 features and a load of dirty GTA V rumours to boot. See also Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review.
So without any further ado, let's get stuck in.
GTA 5 release date
It seems that every developer has the same idea these days, and saying nothing about a release date is that idea. However. we're a determined bunch here at PC Advisor and we've done a little digging and discovered that there are one or two feasible release date rumours circulating as we speak/type.
Release date rumour 1
According to a report from analytical firm Wedbush Securities, we should see a GTA 5 release date of October with an unveiling of the 15th game in the Grand Theft Auto series in June. Technology website T3 go one step further than Wedbrush and predict a release date of 23 October with an unveiling of the game on 4 June, a day before the 2012 E3 expo.
The Wedbush Securities report reads: "We believe that October is the preferred release month for GTA V’s developer, Rockstar Games, as the studio has scheduled every prior GTA release during that month (with GTA IV delayed to April 2008, due to bugs in the PS3 version)". Sounds sensible enough doesn't it?
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Release date rumour 2
GTA5release.org have almost managed to spot GTA 5 listed as available to pre-order on Amazon with a December 2012 release date. While there is nothing concrete about this release date rumours there are a couple of things that can be deduced from this rumour.
Firstly is that Amazon, a major seller of video games, would be in the loop with Rockstar Games and would almost definitely have direct lines of contact with RockStar Games about release dates, therefor including the release date in the product listing it quite likely to have been a complete oversight on Amazon's behalf.
Alternatively an Amazon employee may just have been in the early stages of preparing the purchase page for GTA 5 and entered the date 'December 2012' as a complete estimate - mistakes do happen! However a pre-Christmas release date for one of the biggest game launches of the year doesn't seem like too far fetched of an idea, does it?
GTA 5 features
Needless to say, Grand Theft Auto V will follow on from its 14 predecessors and will be based upon its core values of car theft and violence. Rockstar Games is keeping GTA 5 set in the fictitious land of Los Santos in the American state of San Andreas.
IGN is reporting that the new Grand Theft Auto game will feature Crews multiplayer as used in Max Payne 3. This feature will allow multiplayer gaming across the titles Max Payne 3 and GTA5, with up to five members being able to play at the same time.
Rockstar Games are staying pretty tight-lipped about other GTA 5 features.
More to follow...
GTA 5 map
The story behind these maps being leaked is that the person responisble for the leaks is an ex-Rockstar employee who worked on the development side of the game. The maps looks convincing enough for early stage designs. But gaming forums all over the web have been locked in heated debates as to the map's authenticity. Some saying they look great, while others detailing at length why they are fakes. We'll take the easy way out and place ourselves frimly on the fence.