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Grand Theft Auto V: Stab Victim's Game Stolen
A man who bought one of the first copies of Grand Theft Auto V has been attacked and robbed of the game as he made his way home.
The 23-year-old was hit with a brick and stabbed shortly after leaving an Asda supermarket in Colindale, north London, where the game went on sale at midnight.
He also had his watch and mobile phone stolen and is now recovering in hospital, where his condition is said to be stable.
A police spokesman said it was not clear whether the man was deliberately targeted for the game.
GTA V is one of the most eagerly anticipated games ever and is expected to smash sales records.
It could shift as many as 25 million copies in its first year, generating £1bn for developer Rockstar.
The game, in which players take on the role of a criminal in a fictional city, is thought to be the most expensive ever made.
It is estimated to have cost £170m - more than most Hollywood blockbusters, including the likes of 3D film Avatar.
Video games website IGN.com described GTA V as a "masterpiece" and predicted an outbreak of "GTA flu".
A poll of almost 11,000 of its readers found nearly half had booked the game's launch date off as holiday.
Although GTA V officially went on sale at midnight, some gamers claimed to have received their pre-ordered copies from Amazon up to four days early.
The online retailer launched an investigation, saying it had "established processes in place to deliver new titles to customers on their release date".
The Grand Theft Auto franchise has sold around 135 million copies worldwide since its 1997 debut.
The previous game in the series, GTA IV, is believed to have sold 25 million copies since its release five years ago.