Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Grand Theft Auto V officially went on sale at midnight. (© Getty)
The video game, which cost more to make and market than many Hollywood blockbusters, is expected to smash sales records around the world following its official release.
Costing a reported £170m, experts estimate that GTA V could generate £1bn in its first year alone.
Gamers are expected to snap up over 25m copies of the latest instalment in the franchise.
Some got their hands on it early though, amid a faux-pas by Amazon which saw some pre-ordered copies distributed early.
While the official launch was at midnight on Monday, some fans have reported receiving their orders as early as Friday.
We are in the process of investigating early 'sales' to determine how and why that is occurring.
One Twitter user joked: "I refuse to disclose whether Amazon has dispatched my pre-order copy of GTA early in case it prevents them from doing so again in the future."
Scottish creator Rockstar has launched an investigation.
But otherwise, the game has been well-received among fans and critics.
According to gaming websites, thousands of people have confessed that they plan to either take time off work or call in sick just to indulge in playing the new game.
"With gamers queuing at midnight to be among the first to play and the developer boasting thousands of hours of game play, there's no surprise that we're likely to see an outbreak of GTA flu this September," Tom Butler from IGN.com said.
The Grand Theft Auto series has accumulated sales of 135m copies since its 1997 debut, with the previous release GTA IV reportedly selling more than 25m copies since its 2008 release.
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