Rockstar will not be attending Gamescom this year to showcase Grand Theft Auto 5, CVG can reveal.
Speculation over the its highly anticipated project's appearance at Europe's biggest games event has intensified in recent weeks, due in part to an official Gamescom trailer which featured a snippet of footage from Rockstar North's next crime opus.
But a spokesperson for Gamescom has told CVG that the Grand Theft Auto V footage was included "in error".
Franko Fischer, communications manager of Gamescom's organising body Koelnmesse, said "Rockstar Games is not scheduled and has never been scheduled to exhibit at Gamescom 2012".
He said that all GTA V footage has now been removed from the Gamescom trailer.
"We apologise for any confusion this may have caused," he added.
Fischer was nevertheless upbeat about the show's appeal to the games market. He said there would be numerous world premieres and surprise reveals at the show.
"Although GTA 5 won't be at the show, I think we will once again have the most spectacular world premieres set for the events," he added.
About seven months have passed since Rockstar sent shockwaves across the industry with a surprise GTA 5 trailer.
Since then, aside from two GTA V screenshots, there has been little information on the new project.
Gamescom begins August 15th and runs throughout the week. Go here for more info on the show.
[Click through the following link to view our collection of 48 GTA 5 screenshots taken from the original trailer.]