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New GTA 5 screenshot released, brings together Michael, Trevor and Franklin

A new GTA 5 screenshot has been release ahead of the game’s eagerly awaited September 17 release date, bringing together the title’s trio of protagonists.

Showing a bank heist in action, the latest GTA 5 screenshot to tease the upcoming game was found boxed with a copy of publisher Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition. Attached to a promotional flyer, the new GTA 5 screenshot shows characters Michael, Trevor and Franklin preparing for a bank heist.

Offering no new details on the eagerly awaited game, the GTA 5 screenshot is the latest in a series of low key releases all of which are helping generate ever growing excitement around the upcoming Grand Theft Auto offering.

Posted on the GTA forums pages by a gamer going under the name of TheSmutPeddler, the previously unseen GTA 5 screenshot “was inside a new copy of “red dead redemption Game of the year” edition for Xbox.”

The eagle-eyed gamer added: “I just opened it today and there was a GTA 5 paper. I took a picture with my phone…. That’s why its blurry.”

Previously pegged for a spring 2013 arrival, Rockstar confirmed considerable delays for the game earlier this year, with an eventual GTA 5 release date pencilled in for mid-September, just weeks before the PS4 and Xbox One are expected to hit retailers. Confirmed to launch on current-gen consoles, Rockstar has yet to address plans for a next-gen rollout.

Although Rockstar has yet to reveal its plans, industry analysts have predicted the game’s release period will force the title into appearing on next-gen consoles, although this jump could reportedly take some time.

Suggesting the unplanned delays could force Rockstar and developer Take Two’s hands into offering a GTA 5 Xbox One release and PS4 title in the near future, Cowan & Company analyst Doug Creutz recently stated: “In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results.”

He added: “However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA’s stature will still be a major seller regardless.

“We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this.”

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Via: GameInformer