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Grand Theft Auto 5 release date spring 2013, publisher confirms

UPDATE: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 named as launch platforms.

UPDATE #2: Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch during spring 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Take-Two has confirmed.

The news backs up multiple leaks from retail sources, below.

There's yet another piece of fresh artwork, too.

"Grand Theft Auto 5 is the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date," a statement on Take-Two's investor site noted.

"Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto 5 delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean."

Submarine level confirmed?

UPDATE #1: The Brighton branch of GAME has also published a similar picture of Grand Theft Auto 5 artwork on Twitter, again showing a spring 2013 release date.

The promotional material shows off a new set of artwork for the game, including a female cop arresting a blonde woman, and a gun-toting man on a quad bike.

ORIGINAL STORY: Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch during the spring of next year, leaked promotional artwork suggests.

PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 logos are clearly visible in the store adverts - but there's no mention of other platforms such as PC or Wii U.

The artwork (posted online by via NeoGAF) gives the first indication of when Rockstar's upcoming epic will launch.

It includes a recently-released piece of artwork showing a gun-toting duo dressed as pest exterminators (a nod to the game's first trailer), as well as an unseen illustration of a thug with a baseball bat and an angry-looking dog on a chain.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is, somewhat unsurprisingly, rated with a PEGI 18 stamp.

The posters suggest the game will soon be available to pre-order.

Rockstar has stated it will reveal more about the game in the coming weeks. Progress on the open-world adventure has been kept largely under-wraps since its reveal late last year.

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