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Rockstar Games announce GTA: San Andreas


Well it's been rumoured for a while a now but yesterday the title of the next Grand Theft Auto game was finally announced. For at least the last six months it's been argued as to whether the new GTA game would be called Sin City or San Andreas and yesterday the argument was finally resolved as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was officially announced. What's more the release dates were announced and the European release date has been set for October 22. Such is the reputation of the series that even this early in the year it will be a firm favourite to be game of 2004. The official press release can be found below.

New York, NY - March 1, 2004 - Rockstar Games, the world-renowned
publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:
TTWO), is pleased to announce Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the next
iteration in the globally successful Grand Theft Auto franchise.
Developed by world-class designers Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: San
Andreas will be available exclusively for the PlayStation(r)2 computer
entertainment system and is expected to be in stores in North America on
October 19, 2004 and in Europe on October 22, 2004.

"In the past couple of years, we have put an enormous amount of pressure
on ourselves to ensure we do everything possible to exceed people's
expectations with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," stated Sam Houser,
President of Rockstar Games. "Even though we still have eight months to
go, we are starting to become very proud of what we have achieved and we
can't wait to get the game into players' hands."

Leslie Benzies, President of Rockstar North, stated, "We are extremely
humbled by the success of the Grand Theft Auto series and it has made us
push ourselves further than ever to create a title in Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas that will hopefully redefine the Grand Theft Auto series and
revolutionize open-ended gameplay and video game production values."

Over 30 million units of the Grand Theft Auto franchise have been
shipped to date, including over 11.5 million units of Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City and over 10.5 million units of Grand Theft Auto 3.



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