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GTA 5 delayed to September, could come to PS4, analyst says

The next instalment of the GTA series has been pushed back four months, though it's not necessarily all bad news.

Bad news: GTA 5's release date has been pushed back. While it was slated for release in the spring, it now won't be out until 17 September.

The (potentially) good news? This could mean it finds its way onto the next generation of consoles, ie the PS4 and Xbox 720, according to one analyst.

Rockstar posted the update on its website. A note reads: "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."

So could this mean a launch on next-gen consoles? One analyst thinks so. Doug Creutz, from Cowen & Company, told Trusted Reviews that the next PlayStation and Xbox are due around December time, and so Take-Two could "have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form".

Rockstar head honcho Dan Houser hasn't ruled it out, saying that "everything else is up for consideration". He also hinted the game could come to Apple devices, following the success of GTA: Vice City for iOS.

Sony has teased a big announcement later this month that could well be the PS4. So hopefully we won't have long to wait before we can start locking these next-gen console dates in the diary.

Are you annoyed about the delay? What do you reckon Rockstar's next instalment to the series will be like? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.