GTA 5 release date set as January 15th 2012

Next-gen Grand Theft Auto release coming January

Grand Theft Auto 5 to touch down early next year

The next instalment of the hugely popular Gran Theft Auto gaming franchise, the heavily mooted GT5, is to officially launch on January 15th 2012, new reports suggest.

Currently listed for release on the early 2012 date by online retailer GameStop Germany, a January 15th arrival would likely see the currently unannounced gaming title officially unveiled by developer Rockstar at this June’s E3 gaming convention in LA.

Far from the first we have heard about an upcoming GTA 5 release, last year a series of job advertisements were posted by Rockstar with titles hinting towards involvement with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Vice City, San Andreas and GTA IV.

Adding weight to the GameStop listing, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter last year proclaimed: "We fully expect the next instalment of Grand Theft Auto to be released by Q4:12 at the latest, as the company's contracts with the three employees most instrumental in the game's development (Les Benzies, Sam and Dan Houser) expire in January 2012."

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Via: CVG