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...

Grand Theft Auto 5 goes gold!

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!