Grand Theft Auto 5 will not be a-go this spring, as we were previously told. Instead, the latest iteration of the massively popular franchise will hit streets on September 17.
Why the change? The extra months allow for “additional development time.” Rock Star founder Sam Hauser says that this title will have the “deepest, most beautiful and immersive world yet.”
If the delay will result in a high-quality game, delay away. Yes, it can be frustrating, but I’d rather they buck release dates than slap some crap together to meet an initial goal. It makes sense for consumers, and it makes sense in the long run for the company.
In the short term, however, Take Two — Rock Star’s parent company — saw some negative action in the stocks game. Upon announcing the delay, stock in Take Two dropped by 7.96 percent. At the time of writing, the firm had recovered 2% of that loss, sitting at $12.28 per share. The reverb was felt by major games retailer, GameStop, as well. The company’s stock saw an initial loss of 1.7%.