After a slew of unfortunate retail leaks, publisher Rockstar Games has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V will release on PlayStation 3 in Spring 2013. The date had already been teased by a handful of promotional posters – but now the word is official.

“Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean,” said the official press release.

Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser added: “Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we've learned about open world game design. We can’t wait to share it with fans.”

You’ll be able to pre-order the game from 5th November. More details are expected in Game Informer magazine soon. Until then, feel free to gaze at the accompanying image Rockstar Games sent us. Those guys know what they’re doing.