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Australian Release Date Pushed Forward to Friday the 19th?

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 07:32 AM MDT | By victim
Although there have been no official confirmations by Rockstar Games themselves, EB Games Australia have taken the liberty of updating their site with a brand new release date of 19th of October for Australia.

Previously, the release date was presumed to be the 23rd of October, going by the coinciding release in Europe. Therefore, this may mean a new release date for Europe and New Zealand alike. Grand Theft Auto games have always been released on Fridays in Australia.

This is, however, merely speculation on my own part, also I don't trust a site like EB Games to all of it's entirety.

Discuss in this thread of the community forums.
02
AUG
9 Reasons To Be Excited for Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 11:59 AM MDT | By Kodo
We're in a bit of a dry state, being between GTA IV demo/preview waves number 2 and 3, so any new GTA IV flavored article, new information or not, can help quench your thirst for GTA IV knowledge. Gamepro's article titled 9 Reasons We're Excited for Grand Theft Auto IV should do just that. Gamepro helps refresh our memories in a list format by recapping the fundamentals of Grand Theft Auto IV. Sample one of most key facts to keep in mind:
The real reason why GTA IV looks so, well, GTA-ish is because the original Rockstar North team from GTA 3 and Vice City is largely intact: The tech has changed, but the people have not. And it shows in GTA IV's vivid, weird, immensely detailed world.

October 16th can't come soon enough.


So there it is, go read 9 Reasons We're Excited for Grand Theft Auto IV, and get excited for release.
02
AUG
Underrated Stunt Video

GTA: Vice City - General News | @ 02:16 PM MDT | By Slim Trashman
Since we're in this current lag of GTA IV news, I thought I'd post on this Vice City stunt video, Underrated. The stunts were performed by Mr. Magic (a member of GTAStunting) and Bliss (known as K-evin on GTAGaming), plus a few guest stunters.

View/Download Underrated Here


Some truly mind-blowing stunts, and a very well edited video. Well done, guys!

Discuss On Our Forums

Edit: Apologize for the broken link, fixed now, so go watch!
02
AUG
Grand Theft Auto IV & Manhunt II Delayed

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 03:38 PM MDT | By cyrix
Take Two just announced the highly anticipated (and that's being cautious) Grand Theft Auto IV will be delayed from its originally scheduled October release date until the second fiscal quarter of 2008, or between February and April of '08. Though no direct cause for the delay was cited, Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick said "certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected."
The new consoles are allowing us to create the Grand Theft Auto game we always dreamed about. Every aspect of the game and its design has been completely transformed. The game is huge and is pushing the hardware platforms to their absolute limits. The top engineers from Sony and Microsoft are working closely with the team in Edinburgh right now, helping us to fully leverage the power of both platforms. As always, our goal is to surpass even the wildest expectations of the game's fans, and to create the ultimate high definition video game experience. - Sam Houser


Additionally, due to the outstanding ratings problems (and surprising no one) they've also announced that Manhunt 2 would miss its planned release this fiscal year. As a result of these setbacks, they're expecting revenue of $950 million to $1 billion for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31; in June, they announced expected revenue of $1.2 billion to $1.25 billion for the year.

A bit of a let down I understand, but at least we know they're striving to put out a great game for the fans.

Thanks to joystiq for the info.

Addendum: Here is an email we received from Sam Houser.
Hi everyone,

I wanted to tell you personally that we have decided to move Grand Theft Auto IV back a bit. We also want to thank you for all the incredible support you've shown us over the years. We'll have more information very soon, but in the meantime here's a release we're sending out to the press.

Best wishes,
Sam

Sam Houser
Founder Rockstar Games

Official Press Release August 2:
Launch of Grand Theft Auto IV Now Planned for Fiscal 2008

There was also a Take 2 conference call about this press release this afternoon, however there were not any new details.
03
AUG
Why Was GTA IV Delayed? Conspiracy Theories

Grand Theft Auto IV - Community News | @ 12:14 PM MDT | By Kodo
Games Digest has a new article called GTA IV Delayed and it's filled with six conspiracy theories of why they think GTA IV was really delayed. Here are the theories, if you want to see the reasoning then click the link.

Theory 1. Rockstar didnít want GTA IV to be overshadowed by Halo 3
Theory 2. Rockstar is struggling with the PS3ís Cell processor
Theory 3. GTA IV Wii version now in the making
Theory 4. Sony bribed Rockstar to delay GTA IV
Theory 5. GTA IV was always going to be late and was only slated for this financial year to keep Take 2 afloat (Herb Greenberg agrees with this one)
Theory 6. Rockstar can't fit the game onto a DVD

Those are their theories, not ours. Personally, some are a bit silly, but it's still something interesting to read and it provokes some thought on the whole delay. I think it is clear that GTA IV was going to be delayed and it was known for some time, but the exact reason is unproven. However this quote from Strauss Zelnick, transcribed from yesterday's conference call, says otherwise.
"We reviewed a build [Wednesday]. We made a decision [Thursday]. We announced a decision [Thursday], and that's how we do things."

"Let me be very clear. The decision to ship Grand Theft Auto was made [Thursday]...not before."


Links: Games Digest: GTA IV Delayed, Herb Greenberg: Take-Two: The More things Change....
03
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New Release Date: March 4th 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 10:33 PM MDT | By Slim Trashman
Edit: Our sources confirm March 4th, 2008.

So we know GTA IV has been delayed until the second quarter of the 2008 fiscal year, but when exactly will we be seeing it on the shelves?

Take-Two has apparently been telling retailers March 2008, and going by a typical "GTA released on a Tuesday" assumption, that leaves us with the 4th, 11th, 18th, or 25th.

GameStop has posted "pre-release ships March 3rd, 2008" on their GTA IV page, so for now, we're assuming that the final(?) release date for Grand Theft Auto IV is the 4th of March next year.

Another random, rather unimportant thing to take notice of. Rockstar has removed the "Coming [Date]" text on the "agegate" image on the official GTA IV site.
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