“Grand Theft Auto IV” hits shelves on April 29, 2008.

One of the games I specifically bought the PS3 for is finally going to see the light of day. The folks at Rockstar have put out a press release announcing the release date as being this April 29th:

Next-generation Console Debut of the Grand Theft Auto Franchise Set for April 29, 2008

New York, NY – January 24, 2008 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the release date for Grand Theft Auto IV, the new title in the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto franchise. Developed by Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto IV will be simultaneously available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and will be in stores worldwide on April 29, 2008.

“We are so excited to be releasing Grand Theft Auto IV,” said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. “We’ve pushed ourselves very hard to make something incredible and hope the game sets a new benchmark for interactive entertainment.”

Not coincidentally there was a flood of update previews of the game on various gamer sites that offered tons of screen shots as well as new info on game mechanics:

Read – Grand Theft Auto IV Details Unloaded … [MTV News]
Read – GTA IV: A New Look [CVG]
Read – Grand Theft Auto IV UK Update [IGN]
Read – Grand Theft Auto IV – updated impressions [GamesRadar]
Read – Grand Theft Auto IV: Kikizo Preview 3 [Kikizo]
Read – GTA4 First Look [VideoGamer.com]
Read – Grand Theft Auto IV Preview [Team Xbox]

I’m looking forward to this latest installment as I’ve enjoyed the previous versions of the games immensely. Gonna have to start saving up my pennies now.

Links found via Joystiq.

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