Midnight openings to serve Grand Theft Auto V fever
THERE are just hours left until what is set to be the biggest gaming launch of the year in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire - the long awaited release of Grand Theft Auto 5.
It has been five years since the release of the previous installment in the critically acclaimed video games series.
And the latest game promises to be bigger and better. It has cost £170 million in marketing and development costs, more than double what was spent in 2008 on GTA 4, and a figure to rival that of some of the biggest Hollywood movies.
The game series has always been at the centre of controversy for its explicit violence and sexual content, but that has not stopped a rush of interest in South West Wales and beyond.
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HMV and Game in Swansea are opening their doors at 11pm tonight, for those most desperate to get their hands on a copy of the game.
James Hopkins, senior sales assistant at Game’s Quadrant store, said: “We’ll be opening the store at 11pm ready to start trading as soon as it hits 12.
"We've seen the GTA trailers and everyone at the store is really looking forward to finally playing the new game. Customers have been massively pre ordering, so the demand is definitely big.”
Although most of the big supermarkets already have 24 hour opening times, Asda’s Pontypridd manager David said: "We’re expecting quite a lot of customers coming in at 12 to buy the game and we’ll start putting them through the tills at 12.01am.”
Argos stores will also be stocking the game, although keeping their usual trading hours.
But customer service manager Paul Innes from the Swansea store said: "We haven't been pre ordering the new Grand Theft Auto, but we've already had a lot of people ringing up and inquiring about it, so we’ll be getting a large order for copies of the game in ready for release day.”
The last GTA game sold 3.6 million units in it’s first day.
Its makers will be waiting to see if GTA V can surpass that figure.
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