Rockstar Games have officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V, the fifteenth game in the series overall which was expected to launch worldwide during spring 2013 on the PlayStation 3and the Xbox 360, will now arrive four months later than originally planned, on September 17th.

“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. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.

 To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. 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”, wrote the GTA Team on the Rockstar Newswire.

Grand Theft Auto V promises to be the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. The game will take place in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, and will deliver a highly detailed world bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean.