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.
York, NY - March 1, 2004 - Rockstar Games, the
publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
TTWO), is pleased to announce Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,
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
entertainment system and is expected to be in stores in
North America on
October 19, 2004 and in Europe on October 22, 2004.
the past couple of years, we have put an enormous amount
on ourselves to ensure we do everything possible to exceed
expectations with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," stated
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."
Benzies, President of Rockstar North, stated, "We are
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
San Andreas that will hopefully redefine the Grand Theft
Auto series and
revolutionize open-ended gameplay and video game production
30 million units of the Grand Theft Auto franchise have
shipped to date, including over 11.5 million units of Grand
Vice City and over 10.5 million units of Grand Theft Auto