American video game developer and publisher Rockstar Games is set to release its eagerly-anticipated game Grand Theft Auto V on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, but copies of the game have been shipped to gamers over the weekend, breaking the studio’s previously-announced street date. The early copies of GTA 5 were reportedly shipped by the online retail giant Amazon, as pictures of the game were posted online on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
It is not out of the ordinary for Amazon to ship games just before their release dates in order to ensure their arrival on the release date itself, however, when it comes to this case, copies of Grand Theft Auto V turned up in customers’ mailboxes four days early. When asked for comment, Rockstar Games said, “We are in the process of investigating early ‘sales’ to determine how and why that is occurring.”
Sony also confirmed on Sunday, September 15, 2013 that pre-loading of the PlayStation 3 version of GTA 5 through the PlayStation Network has been delayed until Monday, September 16, 2013. This delay comes after the leak of the upcoming game’s details through a PlayStation Store error. In August 2013, players who pre-ordered GTA 5 via the EU PlayStation Store were accidentally given access to files which revealed details of the game.
Grand Theft Auto V is set to be released on September 17, 2013 on Xbox 360 and PS3 in the US and Europe, while the game will be launched in Japan on October 10, 2013.
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