The GTA 5 release date for PS3 and Xbox 360 is September 17, 2013, according to an announcement from Rockstar Games. As the release date gets closer, GTA 5 rumors have started flying. New screenshots from GTA 5 were put online by the game company to increase the anticipation of the GTA 5 release date.


The 10 recently released screenshots of GTA 5 don't have very descriptive details of the game, but it does show different GTA 5 maps, characters and features. Images include characters on motorbikes, sky diving, and scuba diving. The GTA 5 screenshots also show a river in a canyon and a sunset over the city of Los Santos.

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"We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time," Rockstar Games said in a statement. "GTA V is a massively ambitious and complex game. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September - we thank you for your support and patience."

Prior GTA 5 release date and game design information has been inspiring. One spoiler included detailed topographical maps designed by fans based on the city of Los Santos. The peaks, valleys, and city that will be featured in GTA 5 sets the perfect scene for the newest iteration of Grand Theft Auto. The fan-made art that shows the new GTA city map shows approximation of the layout of the streets, neighborhoods, and landmark buildings.

The GTA 5 release date for Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox 720 is unknown as of now, but an investor's meeting is set for May 16, 2013. The game has not yet been confirmed to have a variant for PC, but it is expected somewhere down the line.

Another GTA 5 release promo is the creation of a GTA 5 Epsilon program Twitter feed, a parody of the Church of Scientology. Although the account has been inactive for five months, they've started posting again - strange, considering the cult vowed to sue everyone.

The GTA wiki page explains more about the meaning behind the Epsilon Program:

The Epsilon Program is a fictional religious cult across a number of Grand Theft Auto games, led by Cris Formage. The cult first emerged as a teaser site for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and later referenced numerous times on radio stations and by pedestrians in the game itself. The cult is an obvious scam, intended to gain money by brainwashing its followers into paying large sums of money, parodying the real life Church of Scientology. In Formage's own words, it is "a fellowship of like-minded adults who tithe money in exchange for salvation and merit badges". The Epsilon Program existed for about as early as 1984 when Tina Jane, a DJ for VCFL in GTA: Vice City Stories references the program on her radio show, indicating that a friend was trying to get her to join.

The GTA app is also a huge resource for any fan. You can install the app through the App Store, and it is jam-packed with everything one would need to gear up for the GTA 5 release. Right now there is a countdown timer for the game's release, along with videos of GTA 5. There are also the aforementioned screenshots in the app that you can share on social media. There is even a GTA quiz.

If Rockstar's goal is to increase anticipation for the GTA 5 release, then they certainly succeeded - because we can't wait.