This documents the many delays to both the release of GTA V for PC, lastgen consoles, and Online heists as well as significant updates to the game over the past +year. I will not mention verified jobs (except the 1st one), Rockstar/Social Club Events, minor title updates that don’t add new content, screenshots, nor any contests. I combed though the newswire going back nearly four years.
November 3 2011, Rockstar’s Official Announcement of GTA V
November 4 2011, The first Grand Theft Auto V Trailer
October 30 2012, GTA V Is Coming Spring 2013 (lol right)
November 5 2012, GTA V Now Officially Available for Pre-Order
November 14 2012, GTA V: Official Trailer #2
January 31 2013, GTA V delayed to September 17th 2013 on PS3 Xbox 360 (4 month delay)
April 2 2013, GTA V Official Cover Art. So they were able to get the cover art done by Spring 2013. :3
April 30 2013, GTA V Trailers: MICHAEL. FRANKLIN. TREVOR.
May 23 2013, Announcing the GTA V Special Edition and Collector’s Edition
August 15 2013, official GTA online gameplay videos and website goes live. It’s just the same articles posted on Rockstar newswire but GTAV news only.
August 20 2013, Pre-Order GTA V Day 1 Digital on PS3. 360 didn’t get an on-demand version for about two months!
August 29 2013, Grand Theft Auto V: Watch The Official Trailer
September 17 2013, Release of GTA V for Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 only after one delay.
September 25 2013, Some More Details on Grand Theft Auto Online. This is one of the first mentions of Online Heists.
October 1 2013, GTA online goes live, many title updates and headaches
October 18 2013, GTA V available on demand for Xbox 360.
November 5 2013, Title update 1.05 adding the content creator
November 6 2013, The GTA Online Stimulus Package Direct Deposit GTA$500,000
November 19 2013, The Beach Bum Update. The first title update with new content (or DLC)
December 11 2013, Online deathmatch and races updated to Creator
December 17 2013, Online “Capture” job mode update release.
December 24 2013, “Holiday Gift” temporary content which you still had to buy with GTA$ but was lost after the event was over.
December 27 2013, The first set of “Rockstar Verified” creator jobs (will not mention verified jobs again)
January 16 2014, Taking Aim at GTA Online Cheaters
February 4 2014, Crew member cap raised to 1000 members
February 13 2014, The Valentine’s Day Massacre Special
March 4 2014, The Business Update
April 2 2014, Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates
This is the announcement that online heists would be release in spring 2014 which can constitute it’s first delay since it has been talked about since the start.
April 11 2014, Capture Creator Update
May 13 2014, The High Life Update
June 9 2014, Grand Theft Auto V Coming this Fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
The announcement that GTA V is coming out for PC, XBox One, and PlayStation 4, and *all three* would be released in the fall of 2014 but no date set.
June 17 2014, The “I’m Not a Hipster” update
Came online during HIGH and over hyped anticipation of heists being released around this time to everyone’s chagrin. In the comments section in this url is a note from R* apologizing for the (second) delay for Online Heists.
July 1 2014, Independence Day Special
Introducing Monster Trucks, fireworks, and beer hats.
August 19 2014, San Andreas Flight School
September 12 2014, Official release dates for “nextgen” and PC.
November 18th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC January 27th. This marks the first delay for PC since it was announced in June that GTA V would released on all three platforms in the fall of 2014. January 27th is in the middle of winter.
October 2 2014, The Last Team Standing Update
November 13 2014, GTA Online Census
I know this isn’t real content but it’s interesting to read the stats.
November 18 2014, official release of GTA V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With no delay as there was with the Xbox 360, PS3 and still an ongoing delay with PC.
December 16 2014, Online Heists trailer released
“I know you’ve been complaining… but you weren’t ready.” This article states Online Heists coming in Early 2015. Here is another article by IGN interviewing Imran Sarwar GTA online producer and lead mission designer explaining why it has taken so long for online heists to be finished.
December 18 2014, The GTA Online Festive Surprise.
This was just like last year, the items were temporary but they were free. There was a stocking mask you kept for free if you logged in on Christmas day.
January 13 2015, New release date for PC to March 24th 2015, with system requirement specs. This is the second PC delay.
January 16 2015, Pre-orders available for GTA V PC, with bonus GTA$ and a free R* game due to the delay.
February 24 2015, Release date set for Online heists for March 10th 2015 which keeps with Rockstar’s announcement from December about an “early 2015” release for online heists. Also announced is yet another updated (delayed) release date for PC to April 14th. This is the third delay for PC, with bonus GTA$200,000 in GTA online for people who had already pre-ordered which potentially can add up to $1million for online mode if you ordered it before February 1st.
March 10th 2015, GTA Online Heists go live after 1½ fucking years since the game’s release in September of 2013.
April 2nd 2015, Watch the GTAV 60 Frames-Per-Second PC Trailer
April 3rd 2015, GTA Online Heists TV Spot, footage from the PC version
April 3rd 2015, GTAV PC Digital Pre-Load Information
April 7th 2015, GTA V PC pre-download goes live.
As of 1 pm EDT on Steam the pre-download is live. This offically makes GTA V on PC a “done” deal with no more delays. One week to go until it is playable.
April 9th 2015, GTA Online PC servers appeared temporarily online on Rockstar’s status page. This lasted about an hour, as it’s no longer shown on the status page. It’s assumed that game revwers got a sneek peek at GTA V and GTA Online since This Link still shows a handful of people playing GTA V on PC via Steam’s database stats and info.
Rockstar server status page:
April 14th 2015, Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC
At 12am midnight GMT, digital downloads were “unlocked” and installing began. The release went off with very few hitches if any. The majority of issues players had effected a few players who had unstable PCs, under powered PCs who made settings too high and ignored the minimum PC specifications released two months earlier. GTA V is quite scaleable, even on a PC at minimum specification with the advanced eye candy disabled, GTA V for PC plays and looks better than it did in it’s original release for the Xbox 360, and PS3, and on a modern gaming PC is the best experience for GTA V, bar none.
So what’s left to wait for now it’s all said and done? GTA V and GTA Online aren’t done. There is still speculation for a new Story mode DLC (as there were two for GTA IV) more heist missions for GTA online, as well as whatever else Rockstar plans on doing. Stay tuned.