GTA V: Pre-order mystery sparks release debate

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When the PlayStation 3 eventually launched in the UK, one of the first major game titles available for the console came from games developer Rockstar Games with GTA IV. The game was highly anticipated and on the first day of release managed to smash industry records selling an estimated 6 million copies worldwide. By March this year the total number of copies sold had reached over 20 million.

The game is set in Liberty City, a fictional place based heavily on New York City. Players take the role of ex-military Eastern European Nico Belic, who has just arrived in the United States hoping to live the American Dream. However much like the other games in the GTA series, the character becomes involved with gangs and organized crime groups which force him to commit crimes he would rather not be involved with.

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Due to the success that GTA IV has had, the new title from the series, GTA V, has become even more anticipated than its predecessor. Little is known about the title, other than it is inevitable and until now reports had pointed to a release in early 2012. Today we have caught wind of news that the game has appeared for pre-order at a Gamestation store, one of the UK’s leading games retailers.

The news comes after a tip-off from a reader of GamerZines claiming he had pre-ordered the game himself for his Xbox 360 and sent in an image of the receipt he received to the site to prove it. The receipt was dated July 1st 2011. An image of the release schedule, which the retailer had allegedly published, has also shown up.

In an article at Thisiswiiu.com reports are suggesting that these images could be fakes, so it may be too early to be getting our hopes up just yet. The report comes after an email was sent to the site from someone claiming to be an Assistant Manager at a Gamestation store. The email explains how there are some inconsistencies with the receipt which was shown.

The anonymous e-mailer goes on to say how GTA V has never shown up on the system, so it seems unlikely that it would show up at one store and not any other. They also explain how there is no price listed on the receipt, when normal pre-order procedure would require a deposit of some amount to be paid. Lastly they say that it is suspicious how the title appeared conveniently then was suddenly gone again.

You can check out the full email by clicking the link above. Whether the pre-order turns out to be fabricated or not, we hope to hear more about the upcoming title soon. Do you think this rumor is true or not?