Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games have made the release window for Grand Theft Auto V official: the next entry in this city-sprawling franchise will drop in the spring of 2013.

The exact release date has not been announced.

The bad news? The PC version of the game was left out of the announcement. The exact line from Rockstar’s site reads like this:

Today, we’re proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide spring 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The PC version, as has become rather typical with Rockstar games that aren’t Max Payne 3, hasn’t been announced.

And this is the part where I yell things like “ha!” and “I told you so!” There was a bit of confusion surrounding the potential release date of Grand Theft Auto V among gamers around the net. Some suggested 2013, as this news confirms, but others mentioned the holiday of 2012.

Once the confusion started circulating, I made it a point to indicate exactly when I suspected Grand Theft Auto V would launch. Based on Rockstar’s recent history, I figure GTA V will hit store shelves on or near May 14th, 2013. Why? Ever since Rockstar released Red Dead Redemption in May, they’ve elected to go the same route with their other banner titles. L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 both dropped in May.

It makes sense for Rockstar to do this with Grand Theft Auto V; while the rest of the massive games clump up in the holiday season, this open world romp will stand tall on its own.

Also part of the announcement from Rockstar is the bit about when gamers can pre-order the title. Starting November 5th, any retailer will happily take your money for a product that has no critical opinion or consumer reviews. What a deal!

[via Rockstar]