Grand Theft Auto 5 Goes Gold and Several Files Leaked

Written by Taher M Siamwala on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 5:40 PM
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Game Debate's most anticipated game this year, Grand Theft Auto 5, has finally gone gold!

Along with this very pleasing news comes an incredible downer...

But good news first, Rockstar announced that the game has completed it's (very) long development cycle and is now headed for production until it's finally ready to hit shore shelves.

Grand Theft Auto 4 debuted in 2008. It would have been 5 years when it's successor releases this fall. The difference the two aforementioned titles is the longest in the franchise's history. So it's been an arduous waiting period for us gamers, with many games attempting to fill it's void in the meantime.

          

But the wait is almost over. Grand Theft Auto 5 is slated to release on September 17, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC version of the game is still under wraps but many leaks point towards possible release in the near future. 

Now for the other news, Grand Theft Auto 5 has suffered several leaks, a hefty 18GB, in the form of soundtracks and dialogues files. This happened shortly after the game was made available for digital pre-load on PlayStation Network on August 23.

The moment these pre-load files were leaked and downloaded, a part of the community started compiling the entire soundtrack and started releasing it on to the internet. What came as a bigger shock was that the ending of the game was compromised as well. Dialogues revealed the final outcome, though Take-Two is taking down everything related to the unfortunate leaks. Has the damage already been done is not known yet. GD would request it's members to steer clear of these leaks. We know you don't want to be spoiled and we respect that.

          

Sony has apologized for this and have taken down the digital pre-orders for the game in Europe. Rockstar was also quick to react. They swooped in and requested and hoped the gamers would not support the sad turn of events.

Not that these leaks will effect your purchase, but knowing the time, effort and sacrifices the developers have made to make this game, we would kindly and proudly oblige.

Felix : I personally feel it's more out of a respect for the industry as a whole, that I don't involve myself in things off this nature. I know how hard it is to release a part of GD without having bugs in it,  having our awesome community behind us when we do have bugs, makes it much easier to deal with. But trying to orchestrate the release of a game the size of GTA V...sheesh, I can only imagine what they are trying to do to ensure all customers get their copy on launch day.

Here's Rockstar's immediate response to both the game's completion and it's leaks:

"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. 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.

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.

Thank you all for your understanding and your support."

          

And here's Sony's statement from yesterday:

"Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets. These assets were posted online. We have since removed the digital pre-order file from the PlayStation Store in Europe. We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content. GTA V is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year with a very passionate following, and we’re looking forward to a historic launch on 17th September."

So GD'ers, are you happy that the game is closer before it gets in your hands? Does the unfortunate leaks disturb you as well? Whatever your thoughts, let us know in the comments below!

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14:44 Sep-08-2013

Yes will buy,but only if it release on PC.
BTW 18GB is not too big

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05:09 Aug-27-2013

I just hope they release this on PC

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08:08 Aug-27-2013

So do all of us, Gilbert. And im positive it'll happen :)

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08:22 Aug-27-2013

That comment pretty much sums up every comment on every GTA V post :P

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09:53 Aug-27-2013

Yeah :D

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10:17 Aug-27-2013

I think that it's almost certain that GTA V will be released on PC. The real question people should be asking is WHEN.

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10:23 Aug-27-2013

Exactly, Rhys.

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09:04 Aug-28-2013

This is what I want to hear ... :)

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15:00 Aug-26-2013

does not concern me at all...I only want the PC version, it's the only thing that interests me.

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15:50 Aug-26-2013

Can't agree more

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16:19 Aug-26-2013

Same here. All my friends switched to pc for better graphics ect if they don't put out a pc version that is millions of dollars rockstar is choosing to neglect. Also knowing a games ending doesn't mean people won't buy the game.

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18:57 Aug-26-2013

Yes dude, damn true

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14:03 Aug-26-2013

Don't really care, until it comes to PC it's dead to me.

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15:33 Aug-26-2013

ever one will change his mind once the gama launched on consoles trust me

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17:50 Aug-26-2013

with every step of the way bro

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10:15 Aug-26-2013

even if i knew how the game ends, this wont prevent me from playing it, anyway i never finished all missions, i always choose to cruise through the streets, installing car packs, graphicall mods... but this time it is completely different as i must get a ps3 for a loan at least

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10:18 Aug-26-2013

True, but many players enjoy the story mode and would feel disheartened if they knew everything. Or wait a bit for the PC version? You have an awesome rig :)

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10:36 Aug-26-2013

i cant see myself wainting, starring at others playing and sharing walkthroughts on youtube .. i wounder if there is any working emulator for xbox360 or ps3! do you have any idea?

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10:40 Aug-26-2013

It would be a horrific experience, I'l tell you that much. Emulators is a no-no in my list.

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10:47 Aug-26-2013

There are emulators around but they're still far from being able to run any commercial games (plus you need to actually own the console you're emulating so it makes no sense) :D
TR: I use a PS2 emulator on my PC and a PSOne emulator on my phone and I love them both ^_^

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10:53 Aug-26-2013

gta5 will cost darly for pc users : first buy a console + the game
and once released on pc buy it on pc XD awesome..

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11:04 Aug-26-2013

Why not just wait? :/

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11:06 Aug-26-2013

because it is against all laws of nature XD

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11:23 Aug-26-2013

I know, Tero. Tell me something I dunno :D

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11:45 Aug-26-2013

i waited 5 long years it is more than enough :)

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12:10 Aug-26-2013

I played Sims 3 on Saturday :P

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09:52 Aug-26-2013

I wish I was interested in this...... But no.... If it is not on PC.... I don't give a sh**

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10:15 Aug-26-2013

It will be, Vivek. Patience :)

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09:46 Aug-26-2013

Hot coffee

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09:50 Aug-26-2013

Humm..... This might just have Boiling coffee mod :-P......... IF it comes to pc

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09:54 Aug-26-2013

If it does, i would bang that yoga girl first ;)

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10:15 Aug-26-2013

Ahem

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06:34 Aug-26-2013

I bet the legitimate players who pre-loaded the game are quite furious now... :D

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09:58 Aug-26-2013

Thank god I'm a retail guy :D But yeah, it would've hurt me too...

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10:28 Aug-26-2013

I'd love to buy retail games also but sadly the digital versions are much cheaper... :(

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10:35 Aug-26-2013

For me it's the only way though. Credit card...

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10:45 Aug-26-2013

I use my debit card ;)

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11:19 Aug-26-2013

I know ;) It's different for me though..
Anyway, I'l get my card on the near future :)

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12:10 Aug-26-2013

Awesome :D
Just be warned; shopping online is extremely addicting :P

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13:53 Aug-26-2013

Caution taken :)

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09:29 Aug-28-2013

I always prefer retail, dunno why but I love physical copies, digital isn't reliable with my internet as well.

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09:30 Aug-28-2013

also I've got a debit card, where I keep my savings, but my parents hid it away from me so I don't spill it all xD

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04:45 Aug-26-2013

I love it when crap gets leaked, like the halo 4 legendary ending.

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09:56 Aug-26-2013

I hate it.

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04:36 Aug-26-2013

I guess I'll buy it on the console when I can until pc version comes out. I'll just take it back or give it to a relative who wants it xD

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09:56 Aug-26-2013

Perfect! :D

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10:17 Aug-26-2013

give me your console and the game and i will give a gtx 570 twin frozer in return :)

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04:32 Aug-26-2013

I certainly wouldn't want to get my hands on the leaked content. It would just spoil the fun.

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09:55 Aug-26-2013

Very true, Altanore.

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23:21 Aug-25-2013

I hope they wont hurry with pc version so it wont end up being crappy port like Darks Souls on pc.

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03:56 Aug-26-2013

Well, if they worked on it from the beginning, bad ports would be a non-issue. ..but, well, you know. . :P

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19:49 Aug-25-2013

Huh who cares about gta 5 when we have saints row 4 :p

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21:20 Aug-25-2013

Everyone who doesnt like the saints row franchise, GTA will always be the best of the open world sandbox shooter type of games, Saints row one tried to copy it and be better, with saints row one being terrible, they kept it going and eventually branched off of the route that GTA went on and took

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21:21 Aug-25-2013

The utterly ridiculous fun, goofy, over the top type game saints row should have been from the start, In my opinion, they have their similarities, but in the end, theyre a different game with two different types of playing styles

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21:56 Aug-25-2013

Honestly SR4 is alot like SR3 which wasn`t the best of the series> (SR2 was) And GTA 5 has way more things to do and explore (map is bigger than Red dead redemption and GTA san andreas combined!) + beautiful graphics! and the story looks interesting unlike SR4 Whacky randomness which i have to admit is very funny at times xD

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22:52 Aug-25-2013

Saints Row the fourth is one of the funniest games I have ever played.
Grand theft auto is more serious while saints row is more geared towards complete freedom to do whatever the hell you want

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02:58 Aug-26-2013

I`ll be getting SR4 especially for the humor ^_^

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03:59 Aug-26-2013

Clearly, Saints has it's own audience. Its astonishing how successful they become. But I prefer GTA franchise. . :) over-the-top insanity isn't my thing.... (Just Cause is an exception) :D

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06:27 Aug-26-2013

And hey watchdogs is also coming so i am not really hyped about gta 5 btw gta 5 is not arriving on pc before christmas (or maybe next year) so i think watchdogs will keep me busy :p

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06:44 Aug-26-2013

GTA 5 On xbox and watchdogs on pc will keep me busy :) Dont forget BF4

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08:48 Aug-26-2013

You can't compare them... GTA V is a more serious game (exept that redneck that was shown in the trailer(the one that had some cut-off legs stuffed in the toilet)) and SR 3 and IV are just for those days when you don't know what to do and just want a good laugh.
So in the end all this "GTA V is better that SR IV" stuff is just nonsense...
Ohh and I agree that SR 2 was better at some point and I think that SR IV is way better than SR 3.

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09:35 Aug-26-2013

that's easy for u to say because u have ps3 u can play both gta 5 and sr4 :/

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10:14 Aug-26-2013

@Pakoth They weren't comparing, only suggesting alternatives. And SR is arguably the closest thing there is to GTA in the broad open-world genre. So yeah :)
@Anas Watch Dogs is good... :)
@ Securkk Awesome combo, but Im not sure you'll be able to give time to both of'em... :D

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19:15 Aug-25-2013

What's the point if it does not arrive on PC? :\

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22:53 Aug-25-2013

Plenty of people out there do own consoles, me included :) To be fair, there'll probably be more console players than PC players when the PC version is released.

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03:54 Aug-26-2013

Well said sir! :)

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12:31 Aug-26-2013

I was talking about me, btw ;)

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18:56 Aug-25-2013

R*, if you are so concerned about your hard work, release GTA V on the ****ing PC!

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03:52 Aug-26-2013

They will, eventually ;)

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18:04 Aug-25-2013

Can anyone tell me what the term "going gold" means? I've been hearing it all over the internet regarding GTA V but I'm not so sure what it means.

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18:07 Aug-25-2013

It means that the game is finished being developed.

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20:08 Aug-25-2013

I assume it works the same way as music sales. It's received a certain number of guaranteed sales, therefore it has "gone gold." :)

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22:08 Aug-25-2013

Thanks guys! +1 for both of you :)

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03:51 Aug-26-2013

The game has finished its long production cycle and the game has completely halted. Rockstar is no longer working on it. The print has been sent so the manufacturing of units can start.
Now, its just the matter of wait .. :)

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17:56 Aug-25-2013

I'm gonna' try and not look at the leaks, can;t wait for this game!

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03:46 Aug-26-2013

Thanks, Joef! Me too :)

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