Welcome to another episode of “Lid? What’s a Lid?” as publishers get used to living without them.
Game in point: Grand Theft Auto V, whose spring 2013 release timeframe leaked earlier this week when someone took snaps of a bunch of European retail preorder posters, then passed them around the interwebs for all to see.
Not to be upstaged, Rockstar just splashed the picture you’re seeing at right above a pithy press release acknowledging the game will indeed launch next spring, worldwide, for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. (Alas, still no mention of PC.)
Here’s the nitty-gritty:
Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V takes place in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California in the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond – from the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean.
Rockstar says you’ll be able to preorder the game worldwide starting next Monday, Nov. 5, and that “fans can expect a host of new information to become available in November” along with “downloadable desktop versions of the brand new artwork above coming very soon.”
Great. I suppose that also means Californians can look for a massive real-world billboard to appear momentarily, like the one Rockstar plastered on Houston Street near The Bowery in downtown Manhattan just before Grand Theft Auto IV arrived. From innocent “Who me?” lollipop-licker to “Peace!” and “I’m wearin’ a bikini!” and “That’s not an iPhone!” These Rockstar people. They probably sip Tasmanian Rainwater and smoke rolled up wads of cash at la-di-da design meetings.
When in the spring? Rockstar isn’t saying. Perhaps April, because that’s when Grand Theft Auto IV arrived, though Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire all shipped in May.