Rockstar is currently in full marketing mode with the recent announcement and trailer launch of Max Payne 3, due for release in March 2012.
Despite their best efforts, fans have persistently been asking about Grand Theft Auto and we're all too familiar with how they avoid such questions! However, thanks to a Max Payne 3 Q&A session on Rockstar's own Newswire, there has finally been some form of acknowledgement to the series.
"When are we going to see a new GTA????? #bestgameever" - received via Twitter
"When's the new grand theft auto coming out?" - received via Twitter
Big, big shout to all Grand Theft Auto fans worldwide who we know are anxious to hear about what's next for the franchise but we don't have any news at this time. All we can say is, right now, we're focused on our next upcoming releases which are Max Payne 3 as well as L.A. Noire for PC, Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition and Max Payne for mobile devices. When and if we have anything to report regarding the Grand Theft Auto franchise, you know that we'll do so here at the Newswire or on our Twitter or Facebook.
— Rockstar Newswire
Left appropriately until the end of the post, Rockstar have informed us all that we're getting no news or information in the near future. The questions could easily have been avoided, so props to Rockstar for asking fans to exercise a little patience during the promotion of other games.
Take from the answer what you will. The tenth anniversary of GTA III is around the corner, so there has been speculation amongst fans that Rockstar may treat us to a surprise before the year is out. That aside, it is still looking more and more likely that 2012 will be the year we will hear more.