Rockstar Games issued a new announcement on its official site today, not only confirming that the game will meet its September 17th release date, but also issuing an apology to those who were "spoiled" over the weekend by an accidental data leak from pre-ordering the digital version of the game on the PlayStation Network. The full post is below:
"We’re pleased to confirm that Grand Theft Auto V has officially gone gold and we’re now preparing the game for release on September 17th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, as many of you may already know, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTAV assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online. You can read Sony’s statement on this here."
"As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. GTAV represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17th. Please stay tuned here at the Rockstar Newswire for all announcements about GTAV between now and game release as we definitely still have more to officially reveal. As a specific note to our Social Club community, please remember Rule #1 right above the Comment Box."
"Please do not proliferate such things here as we certainly don’t want any misinformation spread from things that are fake, nor do we want spoilers spread regarding anything that might be true. Anyone engaging in such discussion here at the Rockstar Newswire before September 17th will have commenting privileges revoked until well after the game’s release. Thank you all for your understanding and your support."
In addition, the company confirmed new goodies for the Special and Collector's editions of the game, including additional weapons, stunt plane trials, a special ability boost, bonus outfits and new vehicles, including the slick Khameleon electric car.
Grand Theft Auto V releases on September 17th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.