First, there was the official announcement trailer and a 'For Sale' sign alluding to a possible 24 May 2012 release date. Now, music magazine NME has stoked the fire for a possible May 2012 release launch with its own '20 Reasons To Be Excited For 2012' feature on its website.
Rockstar Games and GTA V take up the eighth spot, in which NME highlights how it expects “half the country to retreat indoors and draw the curtains in May when Grand Theft Auto 5 hits the shops”.
There's more than hasty speculation which backs up a possible May launch however. Whether NME has information or not, Rockstar Games' recent release tradition has favoured the first half of the year for its heavy-hitters – L.A. Noire (May 2011), Red Dead Redemption (May 2010), Max Payne 3 (March 2012). Moreover, L.A. Noire's debut trailer came 7 months before eventually seeing release, Max Payne 3's will be around the same... If GTA V follows the same path, May 2012 is that month.
Too early to tell, or is GTA V closer than we think?