or Register


GTA 5 Launch Timeline

Last Edited by TreeFitty September 17, 2014 : 75 Comments : 100,536 Views

Below is an up to date list of the content and information officially released by Rockstar Games for GTA V. iGTA5

September 17, 2014

On GTA V's first anniversary Rockstar releases numerous GTA V and GTA Online artworks as wallpapers.

Trio 2StarletTao ChengValentine's Day Massacre

September 12, 2014

Rockstar confirms the release dates for the new-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will get it on November 18th and PC users will need to wait until January 27th, 2015.

August 19, 2014

Rockstar takes to the skies with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. The update features access to three new aircraft and the Coquette Classic plus new Air Force clothing and jobs too.

July 1, 2014

Ammu-Nation sponsors the Independence Day Special which runs through half of July. 'merica!!!

June 17, 2014

Rockstar goes against mainstream corporate strategy and releases the unannounced "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.

June 9, 2014

During Sony's E3 event, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a Fall 2014 release.

May 13, 2014

The High Life Update is released providing high-end apartments and new jobs for GTA Online. Plus new vehicles, the Bullpup Rifle, and other items.

April 11, 2014

Adding to the Creator tools, Capture jobs can now be created. Choose to make Contend, GTA, Hold, or Raid styles of Capture.

March 4, 2014

The Business Update is released featuring new GTA Online jobs, a few high-end vehicles, two new weapons, and appropriate clothing.

February 13, 2014

Rockstar releases the Valentine's Day Massacre Special content. The 1920s gangster-themed pack features new GTA Online jobs, new outfits, Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, and a classy Albany Roosevelt automobile.

February 4, 2014

A Social Club update increases the member limit for Crews. You can now have up to 1000 people in a user-created Crew!

December 24, 2013

Rockstar gets into the Christmas spirit with holiday themed clothing and even a snowday for GTA Online!

December 19, 2013

An additional (free!) mode called "Capture" is made available in GTA Online. Capture is about more than flags.

December 11, 2013

The first round of Creator tools are made available for GTA Online. Players are now able to create races and deathmatches.

December 2, 2013

Wallpapers for Tracey and Simeon are released.

Tracey Chop

November 19, 2013

The first (free!) DLC for GTA V and GTA Online is released: The Beach Bum Update. The update features new vehicles, weapons, and plenty of online action.

GTA Beach Bum Update

October 29, 2013

Official artworks of Franklin and Chop are released as wallpapers.

Franklin Sniping Chop

October 28, 2013

Themes for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are made available. The iFruit App also comes to Android.

October 18, 2013

GTA V becomes available to download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

October 1, 2013

Grand Theft Auto Online is made available but to unfortunate circumstances as players experience many bugs while trying to get online.

September 17, 2013

GTA V is released!

September 16, 2013

Rockstar releases free apps for iFruit and the full game manual. Later in the day reviews for GTA V are posted by various media outlets.

September 13, 2013

Rockstar posts a Midnight Release Locator for North America and the UK. Later in the day the Official GTA V Website is updated and the final portions of the travelogue are made available. New screenshots and an artwork are also released.

Having a bad dayDat SkylineNot the best hiding placeThe Hunt

September 12, 2013

Rockstar launches LifeInvader.com - a fictional website crossed over into the real world. Businesses from GTA V offer discounts to their "stalkers" (via Social Club log in) that can be redeemed in the game.

Along with an interview of Dan Houser, Polygon is given a new artwork of Chop to show us - a very large artwork too.

Chop

September 11, 2013

Game Informer posts their own GTA Online preview. A little more detail is learned about GTA V's multiplayer aspect.

September 9, 2013

Each GTA fansite is given an exclusive screenshot to share with their visitors. A scavenger hunt ensues to find all of the new screenshots.

Military chopper

September 6, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated again with more information and screenshots. The official artwork for Lester is also released.

The beachNice carExplosionLester

September 5, 2013

With a unique announcement, the Epsilon Seminar winners are announced in a unique way as well through Cult Stoppers.

September 4, 2013

IGN posts the first hands-on preview of GTA Online. Needless to say we won't be disappointed.

September 3, 2013

We hit the two weeks until release mark and the first hands-on previews are finally posted. New screenshots are also shown by very lucky media outlets.

August 30, 2013

Rolling Stone and Pitchfork give out the first official details about GTA V's soundtrack and Rockstar fills in some other details including previews of radio stations.

August 29, 2013

The fourth trailer is released simply titled "The Official Trailer" since GTA V had gone gold a few days earlier.

August 24, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V is announced to have "gone gold" by Rockstar Games via comments on their newswire.

August 23, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated again with a few more content features unlocked. There are also 8 new official screenshots added to the gallery.

Nice sunsetVineyardsSailing awayMoon

August 20, 2013

It is announced that GTA V will be available as a Day 1 Digital release on the PS3 - and a couple days later GTA V pre-load information from the European PSN is hacked into to reveal plenty of audio information. Whoopsies.

August 16, 2013

The GTA 5 achievements (and similarly, the trophies) are posted by xbox360achievements.org. Many interesting things are learned.

August 15, 2013

The Grand Theft Auto Online gameplay video is released. Minds are blown by the features GTAO will contain. Previews are also released by gaming media.

August 13, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated - and essentially launched - with new screenshots and features about life in Los Santos & Blaine County.

Smash and grabClean getawayOutrun the coppersCuban 800

July 31, 2013

The American ESRB rates Grand Theft Auto V Mature which comes as a surprise to nobody. The Australian Classification Board also rates the unedited GTA V R18+.

July 29, 2013

Rockstar releases 12 new screenshots under the title "The Fast Life".

Franklin skull helmetBurning PlaneMichael shootingTrevor on Quad

July 9, 2013

The first official GTA V Gameplay Trailer was released. We have 143 screencaps created from the trailer.


Soon afterward Game Informer released two new GTA V articles. The first article is all about Customization, where discussions about guns and cars come into play. The second article was about Combat and Cover, and how they improved each by using ideas from past games to help evolve the combat from GTA IV.

Media outlets also released 15 new screenshots.

July 2, 2013

Rockstar came out with a Q&A session titled 'GTA V: Asked & Answered' giving away important and interesting information like:
  • The 360 edition will use two disks, but fortunately the first disk will only be used for a mandatory install (8 GB) and won't be needed again unless to reinstall.
  • The PS3 version only has one disk, and will also have an 8 GB mandatory install.
  • They say that they will release the first Official Gameplay Video soon.
  • As of right now they still have no info for us about a PC version, and are currently "completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now."

Rockstar then released two official wallpapers featuring Lamar and Jimmy which you may have seen previously from GTA V previews.
iGTA5
Lamar Tracey and Jimmy

June 26, 2013

Brady Games has opened up pre-orders for the official Grand Theft Auto V Strategy Guide. Also Gamestop announced that they will be giving away free posters for those who pre-order Grand Theft Auto V from them. The poster features the cover art and heist planning artwork.

June 11, 2013

At this years E3 Sony announced they will be selling an exclusive GTA V bundle containing both the game and a Playstation 3 Slim. They will also be selling an exclusive $179 Grand Theft Auto V Pulse Elite Headset.


Rockstar then released the 9 screenshots seen at Sony's E3 press event.
iGTA5
SpeedophiliaScuba TrevorSabre GT chaseFuck tha police

May 23, 2013

Rockstar announced the GTA V Special Edition and Collector's Edition are available for pre-order.

undefined undefined
iGTA5

May 16, 2013

Rockstar released one new screenshot, and three high quality versions of screens seen in past previews.

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

May 13, 2013

The three new artworks that were used placeholders for the third trailers are released.

Michael, Franklin, TrevorMichaelFranklinTrevor

May 7, 2013

Twelve additional screenshots are released.

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

May 2, 2013

The second wave of previews hits the internet. Much more is learned about gameplay and heists. Another 24 screenshots found in the previews are officially released the next day. Additional artworks were also shown in some previews.

Official GTA V Screenshot 3Official GTA V Screenshot 3Official GTA V Screenshot 4Planning Bugstars heist

April 30, 2013

Rockstar releases a trio of trailers featuring each protagonist. All three are together in the video below.

April 29, 2013

On the anniversary of GTA IV's release, a contest begins to put yourself in GTA V as an Epsilon member.

GTA 5 Epsilon Seminar

April 2, 2013

While watching a mural in NYC get painted, Rockstar releases the official cover art for GTA V.

GTA 5 Box Art

March 27, 2013

After nearly two months of silence, Rockstar released 10 new screenshots.

Lightning striking againAnother sunset in Los SantosExploring the bottom of the seaDiving out mid-flight

January 31, 2013

Rockstar announced the official release date would be September 17, 2013.

Release Date: September 17th

January 4, 2013

The day started with the release of 4 official artworks for download seen previously in promotional posters including Franklin & Chop and Michael in front of the Vinewood sign.

The TrunkVinewoodStop and FriskFranklin and Chop

Rockstar released full versions of all previously released screenshots featured in previews. There were two additional ones never digitally released.

Official GTA V Screenshot 18Official GTA V Screenshot 19

December 24, 2012

As a Christmas Eve present, Rockstar published 5 new screenshots.

Official GTA V Screenshot 13Official GTA V Screenshot 14Official GTA V Screenshot 15
Official GTA V Screenshot 16Official GTA V Screenshot 17

November 30, 2012

Rockstar Games releases the Trevor artwork for download.

GTA Artwork 'Trevor'

November 14, 2012

The second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is released. Plenty of action in this one.

November 13, 2012

While a trailer countdown is added in place of the future trailer, Rockstar released the artwork used for Game Informer's cover for download.

GTA Artwork 'Trevor, Franklin, Michael'

November 12-16, 2012

Starting on Monday the 12th, previews from other gaming media including IGN and many from Europe are released. Some new information is learned and plenty of new screenshots make their way online throughout the week. A few interviews are posted as well. On Friday the 16th both Game Informer and IGN post Q&A articles to breakdown their previews and interviews into some simpler points. iGTA5

November 8, 2012

Game Informer releases the first preview of Grand Theft Auto V. A lot of information is spilled including what makes GTA V so special. Plenty of cool screenshots are shown too.

Game Informer GTA 5 CoverGTA 5

November 5, 2012

Rockstar announces the second trailer will be released on November 14th, and also starts allowing pre-orders of Grand Theft Auto V to begin. The 'Beach Weather' artwork was updated as well.

Second Trailer Announced GTA Artwork 'Beach Weather'

October 30, 2012

Rockstar confirms Grand Theft Auto V will release in Spring 2013 among other minor information. A new artwork is shown as well, and other artworks from retail displays are posted on the internet.

GTA 5 Bikini Girl Spring 2013

October 24, 2012

Two months after the screenshots Rockstar Games releases the first official artwork for GTA 5 titled "Pest Control".

GTA 5 Official Artwork Pest Control

August 24, 2012

Rockstar released a final set of new screenshots for the week titled "Business".

Official GTA V Screenshot 9Official GTA V Screenshot 10Official GTA V Screenshot 11Official GTA V Screenshot 12

August 22, 2012

As promised, Rockstar Games released another three screenshots titled "Leisure".

Official GTA V Screenshot 6 Official GTA V Screenshot 7 Official GTA V Screenshot 8

August 20, 2012

Rockstar Games released a further three screenshots titled "Transport" with the promise of more later in the week.

Official GTA V Screenshot 3 Official GTA V Screenshot 4 Official GTA V Screenshot 5

July 12, 2012

Rockstar Games released their first 2 official GTA 5 screenshots in a Questions and Answers session on their Newswire.

Official GTA V Screenshot 1 Official GTA V Screenshot 2

March 22, 2012

IGN releases official information about Rockstar's new Crew system for multiplayer in Max Payne 3 and future titles including Grand Theft Auto V. iGTA5


November 3, 2011

Rockstar Games released a statement giving a small amount of detail about the game. They then launched the official website splash page.

November 2, 2011

November 2nd saw the launch of the First Official GTA V trailer. This showed off Los Santos, some of the countryside and a number of characters who may play important roles in the game.


October 25, 2011

On October 25th, Rockstar Games shocked the world with a surprise announcement on Twitter. They simply posted the hash tag #GTAV and linked to their official website which displayed the GTA V Logo and gave a date for the first official trailer.

GTA V Official Logo

Announcements To Come...

The following announcements are not necessarily in order and may or may not happen...

  • Additional Trailer Releases
  • Game Launch
  • Additional Consoles/PC/Portable Launch
  • DLC Announcement
  • DLC Launch
  • Complete/GOTY Edition Announcement
  • Complete/GOTY Edition Launch

Comments (75)

Load More Comments

Make A Comment

All comments are text only. Any BBCode or HTML entered will come out like it went in, so we suggest you enter ONLY TEXT.

You're not logged in. Your comment will be posted as a Guest. Why not Register and Log In to make posting comments quicker and easier? As a member you'll be able to rate people's comments, plus you'll have access to our forums and exclusive member content like competitions.