As part of its Q2 financial reports, Take-Two has admitted that episodic content for Grand Theft Auto IV on Xbox 360 has been delayed from fiscal Q4 2008 to Q1 2009, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

In real terms, that means you can expect to see it pop up on Xbox Live during the three months from November to January inclusive, instead of "autumn" as had previously been touted - not least by Microsoft, which has used the promise of DLC in the autumn to try and lure gamers to its platform.

In a conference call to investors, Take-Two said that the decision was made due to portfolio balancing, rather than development issues, and did not give any pricing information for the episodic content. Nor would it confirm or deny plans for a handheld version of Grand Theft Auto IV.

78 per cent of Take-Two's total publishing revenue for the quarter came from GTA IV and catalog sales of prior GTA titles. The game, which was released on 29th April worldwide, celebrated its fifth week at the top of the UK All-Formats Top 40 a few days ago.

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