Right, let’s get this out of the way; I didn’t play GTA V on PS3 or Xbox 360 and I don’t plan to either. But with good reason, though! I was waiting for Rockstar’s crime caper sandbox to land itself on PS4, updated visuals, DLC that I’m too lazy/cheap to pay extra for and all. That’s probably the only valid reason for not having played it, if I’m honest, unless running over pedestrians and doing drive-bys willy nilly aren’t really your thing, but alas I’m sure that there are a few of you who were holding out for a GTA V next-gen release too. Rockstar played it coy with that trailer from Sony’s E3 presser focusing on glamour shots only, a bit of sexy leg scenery here, a bare glimmer of lights at dusk there and they were especially withholding on that release date. We might have an answer now though as retailer GameSeek has outed the GTA V next-gen release date on its website.
What Do We Want? GTA V! When Do We Want It? Now!*
*or whenever you’re ready, Rockstar, we don’t want another Aliens: Colonial Marines on our hands
GTA V will be on time though according to Rockstar’s ‘Fall 2014’ announcement, if it does stick to that November 7th release date as hinted to above in the listing on GameSeek’s site. There’s no reason to believe that date cats’ dinner level fishy, mind you, though it’s always wise to take these things with a grain of salt. GameSeek are a reputable bunch and if you follow this link to their website, the GTA V search already loaded, you’ll see that that date is still preserved in all its leaky fashion suggesting that no one at Rockstar has caught wind of this one just yet.
I’m also inclined to believe this because of my deluded sense of optimism another European retailer called Coolshop (nice name) who cited the release date as November 14th before media coverage saw them swiftly change that to December 31st, which is typically a placeholder for releases that happen towards the end of the year. It’s worth nothing that GameSeek are UK-based, while Coolshop are based in Denmark which is on the continent and not only does mainland Europe typically get things a little later than us Brits, Rockstar will obviously recognise the demand for GTA V and stagger the next-gen launch of the game appropriately.
Other Reasons GTA V Is Important (Really)
Except GTA V won’t just be bringing wanton pedestrian murder and miscellaneous illegal activities (ok, it’ll mostly be that) when it launches in November (probable) or Fall or whenever it gets pushed back to if the release date gods hate us, but it’ll also be ushering in new, less stereotypical viewpoints. I bring this up partly because of this site’s focus but also because of that truly awful study from a few months ago that claimed playing as black characters in games made people more aggressive. There’s also the BBC-sponsored uproar that surrounded GTA V when it first came out showing that everybody who played the bloody thing became a murderous, violent, stabby person. Less of that please, mainstream media.
Alas, GTA V is an over the top game with an allegory about a society gone balls up which is pretty damn smart given the economy’s current disposition, if I’m honest. Like I said, I haven’t played it but I’m very excited to. Do I think it could change some minds in the process? Absolutely, so roll on November 7th Rockstar, because I’m impatiently waiting.