breached a strict embargo and delivered copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5) ahead of the official release date.

The popular video game was sent to a small number of customers who had pre-ordered the title, days before the launch day.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Rockstar North, GTA5’s creator, is yet to comment publicly on the error but is reported to be investigating what happened.

“We have established processes in place to deliver new titles to customers on their release date and are looking into the circumstances that led to a small number of customers receiving this game earlier than intended on this occasion”, an Amazon spokesperson said in an interview.

This is not the first time that the games maker has had to deal with a pre-launch leak. In August, Sony leaked audio from the new game and offered an apology to Rockstar. It was caused when customers downloading a “locked” version of the preview after pre-ordering the title, were able to extract audio revealing the plot lines.

However all of this is unlikely to effect sales of GTA5. Reports claim that it could bring in £1 billion over its lifetime, whilst development costs are said to be in the region of £170 million. This makes it one of the most expensive games ever made.

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